What is school readiness?


At Panda we  have high aspirations for all our little Pandas. We support our Adventures to be ‘school ready’. We want to give them the best start in their learning journey, inspiring them to be life long learners. In fact that’s what Panda stands for – we support all children to be:

Passionate about learning and prepared for school
A confident, communicator who can make friends and respect others
Not afraid to take risks and find new challenges
Determined and resilient
An independent little being and creative thinker

Back in the Spring term (2015) we wanted to be absolutely sure we were supporting our children in the best way possible, so we approached the local schools and worked with them to come up with the following school readiness list of skills.  This has been incorporated into our planning for our Adventurer sessions to ensure we nurture and support these areas ready for ‘big’ school:

Social and Communication

  • Can ask others to play and join in games with friends
  • Can share and take turns
  • Know how to ask for help from a teacher
  • Confident to speak in a small group
  • Can communicate with peers and adults

Literacy, Maths and Pre-School skills

  • Can hold a pencil properly and has good fine motor skills
  • Can do careful counting not just rote counting
  • Starting to form some letters (cursive)
  • Can recognise name on a peg etc.
  • Can trace or even write name
  • Know basic 2D shapes
  • Good gross motor skills, and used to having fun and taking risks outside (physical strength)


  • Can leave parents at the door and enter the classroom
  • Can listen and follow instructions
  • Can use the toilet by themselves
  • Can find their coat, bag and put own things away
  • Can put on own coat and possibly shoes
  • Good listening and attention skills
  • Passionate and excited about learning