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Development & Behaviour

School at 3? "Let my kids be kids, president Macron"

After French president Emmanuel Macron announced his plans to make school compulsory for children from the age of 3, our readers responded, some agreeing and some wishing we'd just let our kids be kids.

Primary school

6 school readiness milestones

An educational psychologist from chats about the important school readiness milestones.


Printable: School readiness work sheets

Here are beautiful sheets, specially designed by Your Baby magazine, to help your child prepare for Grade 1.

Development & Behaviour

How do I know when my child is ready?

What to consider before starting your child’s schooling early.

Primary school

Part 1 - School readiness: Pencil grip

Educational psychologist from chats about the 6 school readiness milestones

Primary school

Part 2 - School readiness: Shape recognition

An educational psychologist from chats about the 6 school readiness milestones.

Primary school

Part 3 - School readiness: Auditory analysis and synthesis

An educational psychologist from chats about auditory analysis and synthesis.

Primary school

Part 4 - School readiness: Emotional readiness

An educational psychologist from chats about emotional readiness for school.

Primary school

Part 5 - School readiness: Classification

An educational psychologist from chats about school readiness classifications.

Primary school

Part 6 - School readiness: Bilateral integration

An educational psychologist from chats about bilateral integration.

Development & Behaviour

What is a 'pencil grip'?

"My child’s teachers often mentions pencil grip in the school report, how important is it?"

Primary school

Is your child ready to read?

Should your child be able to read before going to school? Michelle Shaw investigates the importance of pre-reading skills

Back to School

Right, left or mixed-handed?

How children's brains develop to make them right or left handed (and why being left handed is fine).

Primary school

What’s the point of Grade R?

Do parents have to choose between structure and playtime for 5-year-olds?

Back to School

4 tips for Grade R preparation

Here are some ideas for making your child's transition to Grade R easier.

Development & Behaviour

Grade 1 beckons

Cath Jenkin reflects on the next Big Step in her daughter's life

Development & Behaviour

How to pick a preschool

Have you made the right choice? Does early childhood education really make such a big difference?

Primary school

Weighing up the options of homeschooling

We look at some of the pros and cons of homeschooling. 

Development & Behaviour

When should I register my child for school?

If your child turns 6 this year, start planning for big school now.
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