Is my child ready for school?

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Attached are a list of questions I ask and get your child to do/attempt in a school readiness screen.

• Can your child listen and follow instructions?
• Can your child sit still?
• Can your child tolerate frustration and not getting his/her own way?
• Can your child accept and follow rules?
• Can your child hold a pencil and draw simple drawings?
• Can your child cut with scissors and paste things?
• Can your child write his or her name?
• Can your child copy basic shapes?
• Can your child count to 20?
• Does your child know their ABC songs?
• Can your child recognise shapes and colours?
• Does your child separate from you easily?
• Can your child dress independently and pack their bag?
• Does your child know to ask for help?
• Can your child ask to go to the bathroom?
• Can your child go to the bathroom independently and wash his or her hands?
• Can your child play with other children?
• Can your child play and take turns with other children?
• Can your child talk with other children and adults?
• Can your child walk, run and climb easily?
• Can your child skip and balance on one leg?
• Can your child go without a midday rest?

Hope this helps make the decision easier and if you are still uncertain the Stepping Stones OT team is always here to help.