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Twins and Multiples

Are these multiples ready?

Starting school is a major step for all children, but for multiple birth children there are issues that teachers and parents may need to take into consideration. The parent/teacher questionnaire we developed is a useful tool for finding out about the needs of multiple birth children when they start school. Use of the questionnaire helps teachers and parents to make decisions e.g. about separation based upon the assessment of the children both as individuals and as multiples.

And are the parents ready?

One set of quadruplets I know, who have an older brother, were enrolled in a preschool when they were 3 years old. Their mother commented to me that it was a very important milestone in their lives as a family, and that "It did them a world of good. They learned at an early age to socialise with peers, and their speech improved." She also particularly enjoyed the fact that she could go back to work, which she enjoyed, and had missed.

Teachers and parents need to share information before multiples start school.

Click here to download the School Readiness Questionnaire (pdf 40k)