Pre-writing activties and mark making would be all I expect with regard to writing! And the basic skills you mentioned - coats on, shoes on, washing hands, listening and responding, sitting for a few minutes on the carpet and perhaps some activities from Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds. You have the right idea, your colleagues don't! I'm really not interested in whether the children can write their name when they come to me. Anyway, even if they can, we use cursive script so they'd have to learn it all over again!