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First Day at School

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Your child's first day at primary school is a big step. You and your child will be invited to visit your catchment school, meet your child's teacher and some of the other children before starting in September.

There are also plenty of practical things that you can do to prepare your child, like talking to them about school and helping to develop their practical skills.

Talking to your child

Your child may be anxious about what to expect on the first day at school. If so, one way of helping them is to talk through their fears:

Don't dismiss your child's fears - things that seem obvious or silly to an adult can seem like terrible obstacles to a four/five year old.

Building on practical skills

If children have a good idea of what school is going to be like and have already experienced learning activities at home and in other settings, they're less likely to find the experience stressful. 

Games, role-plays and reading at home can help your child get into the right frame of mind and boost their confidence.

Activities for your child could include:

In the weeks before school starts

In the run-up to the first day of term you could:

If you have any concerns about your child starting school please contact your catchment school and speak to the headteacher or Reception class teacher.

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