First Step to Success for preschool children

Edward Feil, Andy Frey and Annemieke Golly explain how a collaborative home and school intervention programme can be adapted to help young children already at risk of school failure

THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN DISPLAYING challenging behaviours in preschools has increased in ways that severely stress the management skills of their teachers. This has emerged as a national problem that is found widely in preschools across the US and UK.

What we know
● First Step to Success (FS) is a collaborative home and school intervention to help at-risk pupils to get a good start in school.
● FS improves social skills as well as school success skills, and also reduces problem behaviour.
● The adapted version of the FS programme focuses on preschool children who may have difficulty adjusting to routine school demands, and teaches them the expectations for behaviour such as walking into the classroom quietly, sitting in a circle and asking for help appropriately.

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October 2012