Starting school should be fun

Do you have a preschooler? 

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

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

What is Get Set Five?

Get Set Five is a week-by-week plan to get your child ready for school.

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

It’s tempting to focus on numbers and letters. But a happy start depends as much on being able to dress yourself, use a knife and fork and having a positive attitude.

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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.

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

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 founder of One Hundred Toys, Alexis Ralphs. It’s packed full of age-appropriate activities and fun.

Is Get Set Five right for me?

  • I believe it's better to be prepared
  • I want to get ready for school in a fun and pressure-free way
  • ​I enjoy doing activities with my child but don’t have the time for complicated set-ups
  • ​I encourage my child to be independent
  • ​I believe in learning through play

What members are saying about Get Set Five

Hundreds of parents have already been through the course. Here is what they have to say:
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.
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.
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.
 Just a quick note to say how thankful I am for the "pickup-ability" of this course. My homeschooling efforts have fallen by the wayside for weeks now as we navigate the various disruptions of preparing for an international move (selling our house, downsizing, etc), and I've felt so crummy about it. Today in those blissful 10 minutes of "wait time" between nursing my 22 month old to sleep and being able to leave the room, I decided to read the Week 24: Cooking email despite being woefully behind on the rest of the course... and rather than make me feel like I'd never catch up, it inspired me to go back out to my 5 year old and immediately invite her to make toast with peanut butter and jam (which she spread herself), and then we baked banana bread. Thank you for your welcoming, no-nonsense writing style and your deep understanding of the everyday grind of parenting, and for helping me find a bit of footing today. 
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.
Thank you for the emails. They are really insightful and are giving me confidence in preparing my son for school next year.

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