I am able to support any child who is in one or more of the following categories.
Just not ready for school.
Struggling because they started school before they were ready.
Born prematurely or has an August birthday.
Slow start or interruption to early development.
A child struggling at age five isn't ready for school and needs more time to experience early developmental stages. During these stages the information children gather about the world and how it 'works' and the skills they develop provide solid building blocks for their future.
Each stage of development has tasks which need to be completed as fully as possible before the child moves on to the next stage. When a child is rushed through a stage for any reason there may be gaps in their development which need to be filled before they can progress satisfactorily to the next stage.
Ideally, Emotional Literacy should be introduced at about age three so that the process can be learned and become embedded in our daily lives. The process is about problem solving so that we can develop positive strategies in order to get our needs met appropriately and when faced with confrontation negotiate rather than fight. It helps us to regulate our behaviour, be empathic, develop healthy relations and keep ourselves safe by recognising our boundaries and those of others. Once this process is established children become autonomous which allows them to achieve academically, enjoy sound mental wellbeing and face life's challenges with confidence.