Education Mind the gap: Teachers and parents have different ideas about what kids need to start school

Mind the gap: Teachers and parents have different ideas about what kids need to start school

Teachers and parents are on different pages when it comes to what young kids need to be ready for school.

While parents focus heavily on early literacy, schools just want kids ready to cope with the social and emotional challenges of the classroom.

Charles Darwin University researcher Amy Graham found teachers rate confidence, self-regulation and the ability to follow instructions as the most important skills when starting school.

“It’s the area that teachers find is the most significant shortfall in new student preparation and an aspect of running a class that can easily impact on the learning experience of other children,” Ms Graham said.

Almost two-thirds of kids starting school had some “cause for concern”, teachers reported.

Getting kids ready for school is a tough assignment for parents though, with no clear guidelines about what kids need to make the grade in their first year.

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