Get Set Five

Is your child ready for school?

Any good teacher will tell you that school should be ready for the child, not the other way round. It's the school's job to make your child feel welcome and involved.

But as a parent you know the importance of making a good start. It's no fun being the only one who can't put on their shoes or write their name.

You've tried doing it all yourself but it feels overwhelming. There's so much to think about!

Searching the web for inspiration takes too long, the activities are too complicated and you're not sure that they're right for your child.

You have so many questions.


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Get ready for school the right way

You need a plan. You need simple and free battle-tested activities that can be completed independently.  You need Get Set Five.


A readymade plan

The planning is done for you. There’s no need to decide what to do this week: it's all laid out, ready for you to follow. No special resources, no time-consuming set-ups.

Manageable steps

Easy-to-do activities delivered in manageable, weekly chunks. The activities build upon each other until your child has all the skills they need.

Independent play

You don't have to be with your child all the time. Creative, resourceful children don't get bored. They are independent self-starters who make their own fun. 

Get set for fun!

Join us for a year's worth of learning, activities and fun.

How wonderful to start school feeling like you belong. 

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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.

Get Set Five makes learning easier

Do it your way

Work through the modules in order to make sure you cover all the bases or cherry-pick your favourites to fill a rainy afternoon. There’s no right way.

Effortless learning

Reading and writing are hard. But they come easily once the foundational skills are in place. A pinch of fine motor control, a dash of shape recognition. The recipe is simple but the results are profound.


Keep it fun

Throw out the handwriting books and the worksheets. We'll do everything through play.


"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."


"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."


"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."


"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."


"My goodness, this email is what I’ve wanted someone to give me for years!!! What to start with, the progression to make etc. Please don’t ever apologise for being detailed. I was a teaching assistant for years before becoming a stay at home mum, I’ve worked in every age group from year one all the way up to year 6, including teaching phonics sessions to years 1 and 2. But I’ve never worked in early years, and I didn’t know where phonics began.. How to I begin to teach that L makes a lllllll sound? How do I make them grasp that? Do I just start with the alphabet, and teach it in order, or do I start with the most common letter sounds first? I asked my child’s nursery teacher and was just told “oh don’t worry about that, we’ll cover it all in class” - good to hear, but it didn’t answer my question Your email has explained it all perfectly. I’m so glad I signed up to this course. "


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

Have I left it too late?

Get Set Five was designed to take a year. One module a week to cover all the bases.

But you can complete it sooner.

Pick the modules that are most relevant for your child. You can work through the rest once school has started. The material is still relevant for children in their first years of school.

30-day money-back guarantee

People love the courses, and we're sure you will too. But if you're not completely happy, email for a full refund anytime in the first 30 days. 

Get set for fun!

Join us for a year's worth of learning, activities and fun.

How wonderful to start school feeling like you belong. 

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Break the cycle of boredom and screen time

When we run out of inspiration, our children demand entertainment. We have good intentions but life gets in the way. It's hard to come up with with a steady stream of new ideas. Our children get bored  - and the screens come out.

But it doesn't have to be this way. The activities in Get Set Five are easy to understand, require little or no set up and can be completed independently. 

And, best of all, they are fun.

Where will your child be a year from now?

Will they be an independent self starter who makes their own fun?

Will they be ready for school?

Join Get Set Five and get all the tools you need to make that first day a happy one.

See you on the inside!


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