Do you want to make sure your children are prepared for school?

  • Do you feel confident that children from your setting will be ready for school?
  • Do they know how to ask for help, find their way around and make friends?
  • Are you confident that they have the communication and independence skills to succeed at school?

  • Would you like to know more about the skills they really need at school?
  • Would you like to add to your great parent partnerships and help families to feel confident about school?
  • Are you keen to develop children's cultural capital and give them exposure to the problem solving skills needed for school?

School Ready with Teddy offers your setting all of this and lots more!

The programme creators:

Emma (right) and Vix (left) are both experienced Primary Teachers and Mums, they understand that learning and preparation for school can feel confusing and scary. Vix has taught children aged 4-11 and has a specialism in Psychology. Emma is an Early Years specialist and has also been a Head Teacher for 6 years. Over 20 years combined experience gives them a wealth of expert knowledge to share with you. Emma teaches the programme content to children and adults and Vix works behind the scenes.

Emma and Vix met teaching a Reception class in a small village Primary school and together they have supported hundreds of children and families to prepare for school and love the first year.

Both Em and Vix work in schools currently and have an up to date understanding of the needs and challenges facing school starters in 2021. They bring a friendly and supportive outlook and promise to keep everything easy to understand and jargon free.

Emma and Vix live in Devon with their partners and both have two children who keep them on their toes! Emma’s eldest started school last year and was an active participant in the School Ready programme. Vix’s eldest is at pre-school and so they both have first-hand experience of both the teacher and the parental sides of the programme.

What is School Ready with Teddy?

A 7 week programme containing engaging and fun videos for children focused on developing problem solving skills and communication for the key skills needed for school. Expert advice and support for practitioners along the way.

You will learn:

  • What your children will be expected to know and be able to do at school.
  • How to support them in your setting.
  • How to engage families in the process.
  • How to teach children the communication and independence skills to help them thrive at school.

Your child will learn:

  • How to solve problems.
  • How to communicate with adults and children.
  • How to ask for help.
  • How to listen and follow instructions.
  • How to take turns.
  • How to become more independent.
  • How to recognise and write their name.
  • How to develop friendships.
  • How to manage change.

Why Ted?

Children learn best through play and exploration. The School Ready with Teddy programme has been written with this as a core focus. Ted is our playful character who is starting school himself. He shares his journey of visiting school and the problems he encounters asking children to help him along the way.

Immersing themselves in the story of Ted enables children to learn new skills without even realising! Each week your children will learn a new way to problem solve a real life school scenario giving them knowledge and skills not just for starting school but for life.

Here's what Meghan, Mum to Darcey has to say about the programme:

"It's been amazing, I'm quite sad that it's ended. I'm coming out with a good amount of knowledge and I've seen a real improvement in Darcey's language which was a worry for me. I'd highly recommend the programme to anyone who has a child starting school."

How does it work?

School Ready with Teddy is a completely online programme. You will get access to an online learning platform which is easy to use and accessible 24/7 to suit you and your setting.

When you buy School Ready with Teddy you get:

  • Welcome videos for you and your children

  • Session plans for you and your team

  • 7 interactive and engaging children's videos featuring Ted (and scripts if you choose to lead the sessions rather than watch the videos, note you will need your own Ted for this!)

  • 7 adult guide videos to help you understand the expectations at school

  • Downloadable resources for every week with over 20 activity ideas and games

  • Programme certificates to personalise for your children.

  • Ongoing support and access to Emma for the duration of your programme membership (1 year)

Here's the programme curriculum:

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  Week 1 - Name recognition and writing (Free Trial content)
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  Week 2 - Listening
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  Week 5 - Developing Independence
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  Week 6 - Making friends
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  Week 7 - Managing Change
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And there's bonuses too!

We've teamed up with some fantastic companies to offer three great bonuses. Spring School Ready with Teddy customers will have access to these recorded bonus sessions included in the course price. Offering specialist insight into supporting children's feelings, keeping children safe and developing their physical skills will really add to practitioners confidence to support children and families with these areas of school readiness.

Join today for an incredible development price:

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions please get in touch via [email protected] Here is a list of frequently asked questions which may also help:

How many times can we watch the videos?

You have 12 month access to the programme content. You can watch the videos as many times as you want in this time.

Can our families access the content at home?

Our current joining fee is for settings to use the resources themselves. We offer all settings who join us a great discount code to pass onto families should they wish to access the home programme. This is an area we are really interested in so please do let us know if you would like to give more access to your families.

We're really busy, how much time do we need to complete the programme?

You can work at your own pace and access the programme content whenever it works for you. The adult guides are approximately 10 minutes long so easy to listen to on the go. The children's videos are around 15 minutes, you can pause at different parts to spread the session out or watch in one go. The downloads can be as little as 5 minutes each or more depending on how much time you have. In total you would need no more than 30 minutes per week.

What if my children are nervous about school/ we haven't talked about starting school yet because I don't want to worry them?

The programme is designed to engage children in the story of Ted. There is no reference to viewers themselves starting school until session 7 (week 7). The design enables children to engage with Ted's experiences and to gain confidence from know that they could help to solve his problems. This knowledge then develops children's own confidence, it's a bit clever!

What if some children don't start school until next year?

The content is created for children who are aged approximately 3-4 but the videos are very accessible for younger children too. If you would like to talk to use more about whether your children would be able to access the content please do get in touch.