School Readiness among children in the Asian cohort
Publication Date
Lead Organisation
Growing Up in New Zealand
Lead Researcher
Renee Liang
Access Type
Primary Classification
Culture and Identity
Secondary Classification
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 Asian 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.