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Bright Start

At Woodend we recognise that starting school is an exciting time but it can also prove to be a daunting time too.

The good news is that with some preparation and encouragement, you can help your child to settle into school more easily. Our ‘Bright Start School Readiness Programme' is designed to ease this transition.


Our Programme has been created in partnership with Derbyshire County Council and the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. Our ‘Bright Start School Readiness Programme' is designed for children from the age of three, the activities have been designed to be fun and build upon children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.


As part of our Programme we will be sending regular email updates and ‘top tips’ to all families that are registered on the programme, we believe that by working together with parents we can help make the move to school a positive and exciting experience!


The benefits of a uniform -

•           They promote safety: The children are easily identifiable as being a    Woodend pre-school child.

•           They boost team spirit: A uniform can instil a sense of teamwork and ‘belonging’. This is especially important to young children as they are predominantly visual learners and make decisions very quickly based on what they see. When they see everyone wearing the same as them they identify that they are part of that team. This can support their confidence and attitude to learning.

•           They reduce distractions: Research has shown that when young children wear a uniform they are more focused on their daily learning activities and less likely to be distracted.

•           They make financial sense: They are cost efficient for families as parents/carers do not have to spend so much money on more clothes.

•           They make mornings easier: Uniforms eliminate the ‘What shall I wear to nursery today?  dilemma. Through simplicity, uniforms promote time efficiency, organisation, and neatness.

•           They prepare our children for when they start ‘big’ school: One of the biggest transitions for children when they start school is having to wear a uniform. Here at Woodend we hope that by introducing the Bright Start uniform it will mean that it is not such a big step to make when they head off to school.

•           They support the Bright Start approach: The programme is all about getting your child ready for school and we feel that introducing a uniform is an important part of this process.


Some of the steps we will be looking at are-

•           I can settle happily without my parent or carer

•           I can tell friends and grown-ups what I need

•           I can take turns and share when I am playing

•           I can go to the toilet on my own and wash my hands

•           I can put on my own coat and shoes and feed myself

•           I can tell a grown up if I am happy, sad or cross

•           I know that what I do and say can make others happy or unhappy

•           I am curious and want to learn and play

•           I can stop what I am doing, listen and follow simple instructions

•           I enjoy sharing books with grown-ups