Preparing for the first day of school

I can’t believe it’s 4 years since I left my eldest for his first day at school and walked home, tears streaming down my face! For some of you September is looming with trepidation as you face your child’s first day in “big school”.So with you in mind I have trawled various websites to see what is recommended to help your children (and you!) prepare for the big day, with a few of my own suggestions!

  • Provide your child with opportunities to stay with other adults and mix with other children, such as Grandparents, uncles/aunts, friends etc. This helps them get used to having other people around outside the family home.
  • Arrange play dates with children who are going to be in the same class if possible.
  • Encourage your child to dress themselves and get used to the fastenings on their school uniform. That will make PE lessons easier for both them and your teacher as most schools have a separate PE kit.
  • Help them become independent in using the toilet.
  • Practice lunchtimes. If your children are taking a packed lunch, have some dry runs at home to ensure they can open containers and successfully use a juice box without getting it all down their uniform! Most supermarket websites have ideas for tasty, nutritious lunchboxes. If they are having school dinners, practice carrying a tray with a plate of food on. Get a copy of the menu for the first week and talk through what they might want to choose.
  • Set up some painting and drawing, or another task which involves sitting down for short periods of time.
  • Read books about starting school . We love Charlie and Lola!CIMG3691
  • Involve your child in choosing things they need for school like school bags or uniforms.
  • Establish a routine as the holidays come to an end for bedtimes and breakfast times.
  • Visit the school with your child for open days etc. We also walked past the gates a few times during the holidays and talked about what buildings were what.
  • Finally – buy a huge box of tissues for you to cram in your hand bag for that first morning!

There are lots of suggestion for preparing your child for school at direct.gov.uk

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