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Do you have a preschooler?

Would you like them to develop some key skills before starting school?

How wonderful to go into school on that first day feeling like you belong.

What is Get Set Five?

Get Set Five is a weekly email packed with age-appropriate activities and fun things to do.

A readymade plan

The planning is done for you.

There’s no need to decide what to

do this week: it simply arrives in

your inbox every week. No special

resources, no time-consuming

set-ups.

Manageable steps

Easy-to-do activities delivered via

email in manageable, weekly

chunks.

The activities build upon each

other until your child has all the

skills they need.

Essential skills

Creative, resourceful children don't get bored. They are independent self-starters who make their own fun.

Three simple steps

GET THE NEWSLETTER

Sign up and receive one weekly email.

SIMPLE ACTIVITIES DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX

No fluff, just sensible advice and ready-to-go activities

START SCHOOL HAPPY

Watch it all fall into place on that first day.

It's not about being ahead or behind

It's about getting the basics right, in a fun and pressure-free way. For example, how learning to draw a stick man will help your child to write her name or how pairing socks can encourage early maths.

Girl pouring water into glasses

Not for helicopter parents

Get Set Five is not about hothousing. It's about making a happy start. It's about feeling 'suitable'.

'A fundamental goal of a school-start transition is to help young children feel suitable in school, that is, to have a feeling of well-being and belonging.'

Stig Brostrom, Educationalist

What subscribers say

Here are some testimonials from current participants.

"Thanks for this email, the resources page is absolutely brilliant. I've been trying to get into this type of play learning with my kids but haven't known where to start or what age to do these things, and this page has completely cleared it up and made me feel confident. I can't wait for the rest of the course."

Emma

"I have found your emails so helpful. It has given me structure and focus to my weeks. As you say, you only need to dip in and out as play and getting out to the woods are so important. Soon it won’t be possible except after school."

Georgina

"I’m a primary school teacher too (although I haven’t been back for a while whilst raising my own children) and I absolutely love your website and your articles. I only wish I’d discovered you before having children so that my eldest (now 8.5) could have benefitted from it all too."

Rhian

"I just wanted to say thank you for the 'Get Set Five' emails. When I found out about the course I choked up because it was exactly what I needed but didn't think was out there.

[Even though] I am also a teacher, I am learning so much from each email."

Jessica

"Thank you for the emails. They are really insightful and are giving me confidence in preparing my son for school next year."

Claire

Know that you're doing it right

Stop wasting time Googling activities

Is this activity any good? Will it help my child? How can I be sure? With Get Set Five it's all taken care of. Sit back and enjoy your week. The next instalment will arrive automatically.

Take the guesswork out of learning

Get Set Five has been devised by Early Years teacher and One Hundred Toys founder, Alexis Ralphs. It's packed full of age-appropriate activities and fun.

30 day money-back guarantee

Email us anytime in the first 30 days for a full refund

Choose the right plan

Get Set Five is a weekly email course that runs for a year.

Lifetime

We're always improving the course. Get lifetime membership and you'll receive all future updates and bonus materials, even after you have completed the course.

  • Save over £55 vs. weekly
  • Lifetime membership
  • Cancel anytime

£49

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Weekly

Get started with Get Set Five on a week-by-week basis. You'll get all the same great lessons as the lifetime membership and if you stay until the end you also receive future updates.

  • Weekly emails
  • Cancel anytime
  • Less than £9/month

£2/week

Meet Alexis

I'm a former Early Years teacher and the founder of One Hundred Toys and Get Set Five. As a father of four, I know how hard it is to find time to create meaningful activities for children.

I love being with my children but I know that it’s good for them to spend time alone, to work things out for themselves. Through Get Set Five I hope I can show you that being alongside your child - in the same room, but without necessarily engaging all the time - is not an abdication of responsibility. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give. School is still a long way off but it's never too soon to become an independent learner with a can-do attitude .

I also want to empower you to choose - and eventually create - your own activities. In fact, my ultimate goal is to give you the confidence to leave it to your child. Children learn through play, through exploration and discovery. They need self-initiated and self-directed tasks. Our job as parents is to make this possible.

"I teach parenting groups and have about 350 families in class with me at any given time. I have been giving out your company as a resource for years! Thanks for all the great work!"

Alyssa

FAQs

What if I want to cancel?

Email us anytime in the first 30 days for a full refund.

Do I have to do all the activities?

No! Complete the course at a pace that suits you. It's OK to skip or repeat weeks. Our aim is to build confidence and have fun.

Do I need to buy anything else?

You already have everything you need at home. Most of it is in your kitchen cupboards and craft tray. I assume that you've got some blocks, a ball and a couple of figures or dolls, but that's it. The themes we'll explore are timeless. Toys come and go. The way children learn doesn't change.

Join us and never run out of ideas again

Choose the right plan

Get Set Five is a weekly email course that runs for a year.

Lifetime

We're always improving the course. Get lifetime membership and you'll receive all future updates and bonus materials, even after you have completed the course.

  • Save over £55 vs. weekly
  • Lifetime membership
  • Cancel anytime

£49

Weekly

Get started with Get Set Five on a week-by-week basis. You'll get all the same great lessons as the lifetime membership and if you stay until the end you also receive future updates.

  • Weekly emails
  • Cancel anytime
  • Less than £9/month

£2/week