School Readiness among children in the Pacific cohort
Growing Up in New Zealand
Culture and Identity
Starting ‘big school’ or primary school is a major transition for pre-schoolers. Many parents proactively prepare their children for the school environment. For others, there is little awareness of interactions or activities that enhance pre-schoolers’ readiness to learn and to engage with others in a school setting. This paper looks at factors among Pacific children that reflect their ability to listen and learn and to engage with teachers and peers at primary school. By reviewing a range of developmental areas from cognitive abilities through to emotional regulation and pro-social behaviour, a greater understanding of the strengths and needs of Pacific children can lead to improved policies for school transition.