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Starting school: 10 tips for a good first day

Little school girl tying shoelaces
You want to give your child the best possible start in school. Read on for easy tips to help.

1. Gently talk about starting school in the weeks leading up to the first day. Incorporate pretend class scenarios into your playtime and talk enthusiastically about the things your child might do.

2. Try and ensure your child spends time away from you in the company of another adult, so that they know they are safe and that you will come back – just like when they start school.

3. Make sure your child has the practical skills they will need for their new level of independence.

4. Have everything from uniform and bag to polished shoes prepared the night before so there aren’t any last minute rushes on the first day.

5. On the first day, leave with plenty of time to get to school early so you arrive in good time, feeling relaxed.

6. Introduce yourself and your child to other new parents and their children.

7. Boost your child’s confidence with compliments on how smart they look in their uniform.

8. Explain to your child that you’re not able to stay but that they will have a really great time and you can’t wait to hear all about it. And reassure them that you will be there to pick them up at home time. Be a few minutes early so they aren’t waiting for you.

9. Remind your child that they will be going every day from Monday to Friday.

10. Do not cry or get upset, even if you feel like it, as this will upset your child. Put on a brave face and wave them away with a cheery smile.

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