Help to get your child ready for school

To support parents, Calderdale PHEYS Health Visitors and Calderdale School Nurses have worked together with partner agencies to produce a parents’ leaflet for School Readiness.

The leaflet gives simple advice on issues including immunisations, self care and how to support children’s social and communications development.

school readiness leaflet cover

A recent survey of school leaders by NAHT and Family and Childcare Trust highlighted concerns around children’s readiness for school.

Key findings:

  • Four fifths of respondents (83 per cent) said that they believed that there is an issue with the school readiness of some pupils starting school.
  • 86 per cent believed school readiness has become worse over the past five years.
  • 24 per cent said that more than half of the intake was not school ready.
  • Speech, language and communication issues were of greatest concern with 97 per cent of respondents identifying this as a problem and almost half (47 per cent) saying it was the most significant.
  • Two thirds (67 per cent) said one of the likely reasons children are not school ready is a failure to identify and support additional needs early enough.
  • 66 per cent said that parents had fewer available resources or that there are more pressures on family life.

Please download a copy of the leaflet by clicking here.

Men as Parents – give your views

Are you a male? Do you care for a child aged 5 or under? Do you live in Calderdale? Then we want to hear your views.

The ‘Men as Parents’ survey aims to capture the views from men who care for a child or children under the age of five e.g. dad, grandparent, uncle, brother, step dad, dad to be.

The information from this survey will help us to inform and potentially shape the development of future Calderdale Council and other partner organisations’ services, activities and groups for men who have a caring role for a child aged 5 or under in Calderdale.