Preparing for school begins a long time before a child enters the school gate. It is a journey that starts even before they are welcomed into the world. This toolkit highlights four stages of the school readiness journey.

Within each stage there are helpful web links. These will enable practitioners to quickly access a wealth of material which both supports understanding of child development, and offers practical resources for helping children and families.

There are also good practice examples and reflective questions which will provide a framework for settings to celebrate successful practice and consider new initiatives to support all children and families on their journey to school.