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Kindergarten is such an exciting transition for both children and parents. Your little one is heading off into the big world and beginning their school life. But how can you be sure that they are ready and prepared for this next step?

Don't worry if you haven't given Kindergarten readiness much thought up until now, parenting is a full-time job and before you know it your child has hit another milestone and grown another inch.

The information provided on this page is about the developmental skills the teacher will be observing and the key readiness skills that your child will need to practice and master before school starts.

The list below shows some of the skills that kindergartners will be developing over the year. You can help by practicing some of these together ahead of time!

That said, don't put too much pressure on your child — or on yourself. Keep in mind that this list simply includes guidelines; the exact expectations may vary from program to program.


The classroom is where your child will make new friendships and practice their social skills. It's really helpful if they come into school already understanding the basics of interacting with others.

   •  sharing with others
   •  having a conversation
   •  being polite 
   •  following 1 to 2 step directions
   •  talk about their feelings
   •  play independently or focus on one activity with a friend for up to 10 minutes

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manage bathroom needs independently (wipe, flush toilet, fasten clothing and wash hands)
   •  get dressed (button and zip)
   •  clean up after self

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  • identify letters of the alphabet

  • grip a pencil, crayon, or marker correctly (with the thumb and forefinger supporting the tip)

  • write first name using upper and lowercase letters; example: Maria

  • identify numbers and count 1 to 10

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  • separate from parents easily

Do not worry if your child has not learned everything on the list.  What is important is to wean your child from relying on you to do things they could do themselves, such as zipping a jacket, tying their shoes or opening containers for snack or lunch. Give your child the chance to show you what they can do, be patient and use your words to direct them one step at a time — you might be in for a few surprises!

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