Preparing Children for School – Reading and Writing their Name

Honeybear Nursery & Pre-School provides a homely, safe and secure environment for children from 3 months to 5 years old.  We also develop the children to their full potential, ensuring they are school ready when they enter Reception Class, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

There are a number of skills we look to develop to ensure they are school ready.  When the child starts school the teacher will expect that the child is able to read and write their own name.  Between the ages of 2.5 and 4 years old, the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework expects the child to be able to recognise familiar words, such as their own name, and be able to copy some letters.  From 3.5 to 5 years old, the Framework expects the child to be able to read words and simple sentences, and be able to form recognisable letters, including being able to write their own name.

Throughout their time at Honeybear Nursery & Pre-School we encourage the development of a child’s reading and writing.  We use self-registration, which encourages a child to recognise their name, from an early age.  We also have placements where a child sits, so from an early stage they learn to recognise their name.

At an early age we encourage the child to make marks.  In the art/mark making area the child can find their name printed, encouraging them to copy the letters of their names.  As the child develops their fine motor skills, enabling them to hold a pencil, we encourage the child to write their name, firstly using dotted guides, to encourage their understanding of and ability to form letters.  As they become more confident we encourage them to write their name free-hand.

A child’s key-worker updates parents on a regular basis with how the child is developing, and informs them when they reach key milestones.  The team at Honeybear Nursery & Pre-School looks to develop a partnership with parents, helping parents to understand how they can encourage their child to develop, supporting the activities undertaken at Nursery. The support and encouragement that we provide to the children, encourages them to read and write their names, ensuring that they are school ready.