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School readiness can be defined as the attributes required by a preschool child to enable them to function well in a school setting. There are two key discourses of school readiness. One is that the school-ready child has developed a set of ‘dispositions’ that indicate that they are ready to start formal learning at school. This is described as the ‘competence model’, as it relies on the development of a set of competencies that indicate the capacity of the child to learn. The other is that the school-ready child possesses a set of ‘skills and knowledge’ that make them ready to start formal learning at school. This is described as the ‘performance model’, as it relies on the ability of the child to demonstrate or ...

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