Top tips for parents with a child starting school this year

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For those of you who follow my blog, my daughter is starting school this September. It’s a BIG time for us – both her, and me – and also for so many other parents who are also at this new, exciting yet nerve-wracking stage. So if you have a child starting school this year, I thought it would be useful to share some words of wisdom from fellow parenting bloggers who have been there, done that, to help us navigate the new waters of Reception and school life.

 

On how all feel about it…

 

Know it’s a well oiled machine

The teachers have most likely gone through this process loads of times and they know what they are doing. – The Mum Diaries 

Enjoy it – don’t cry it

It won’t be as emotional as you think…..I honestly thought I’d be a wreck but actually felt proud, of course I felt a little sad my boy was growing up but I was excited for his new journey. So my advice embrace it and enjoy their journey with them. – All The Beautiful Things 

Don’t over egg the pudding

Don’t talk about it too much in the run up. They don’t need to be thinking about it every minute of the day and saying things like ‘you’ll have to sit/eat/behave properly when you get to school’ can be so worrying for them. – Pink Pear Bear 

Keep yourself busy

Arrange to do something the first morning like go for coffee with a friend or shopping with someone so that you are doing something and not just sitting about worrying how they are getting on. – We Made This Life  

Trust your gut

No-one knows your little one as well as you. When my twins started school the shy, quiet one who we had all feared for loved it and went off well. The brassy, confident one used to cry and scream and run away. I told the school that she needed to do a couple of half days a week for the first term to settle and it worked perfectly. Her confidence grew and she was happy to leave me as her trust in the teacher developed. – Mummy From The Heart 

Put on a brave face

…until you have dropped them off. Then you can have a little cry! Expect not to find much about what they’ve been up to and that they will be very tired from a full school day. Keep weekends relaxed so they can refresh and recharge their batteries. – Suburban Mum

Ask for more

Don’t be afraid to ask for extra visits, most schools would only be more than happy to have you and your child visit if the transitioning/visiting day wasn’t enough.  The first day at school is going to be hectic for the teacher, so if you have any queries or concerns do try and make an appointment prior to the start date. – Unique Young Mum 

Allow time for settling in

After experiencing it a couple of years ago – I would say be prepared it can take quite some time for them to settle in. Much longer than you think. It honestly took my daughter about 9 months!!! – Meme and Harri 

Practical advice….

 

Beware the nits!

Get a nitty gritty comb and some Child’s Farm detangler and comb weekly. We do ours on a Sunday night. Much less stressful and time consuming than suddenly realising your family has headlice because you never thought to prevent it! – The Little Pip 

Be an alarm addict

Time has a tendency for running away with you when your stressing about getting out on time. So I set alarms on my phone for when things need to be finished by. So getting up, then when they should have finished breakfast, finished brushing teeth, finished getting dressed. It’s easier to work backwards when setting them so you know what time you’ll need to get up to realistically fit it all in. – Mami2five 

Get kitted & keep it laid back

Try the uniform on beforehand so the child is used to it. If they are happy to take a photo on the first day as a memento, by the front door is always a winner. Leave in plenty of time on the first day so you can take a leisurely stroll (or park easily) and chat and make it an adventure. And smile lots!! – The Incidental Parent 

Super-size them

Buy clothes – jumpers & t-shirts a size bigger than they need so that’s it’s easier for them to get dressed & undressed at PE time. – The Cheshire Wife  

Shoes & bums count!

The most important things for them to learn before school have nothing to do with reading and writing. Help them learn to put on their own shoes and wipe their own bums! – The Mummy Adventure  

Getting dressed for success

Make getting dressed into uniform a little easier for them by buying things with elasticated waists and velcro fastenings. This will help with their confidence for moving onto the more tricky things like buttons. Also label everything in sight. – Adventures in Websterland 

Let them choose

When it comes to getting their own bags, water bottles etc let them choose. It gets them all excited about taking their new stuff to school. – Twinderelmo 

Do you have a child starting school this year? Have you found the above advice helpful? Or perhaps you are a seasoned school parent with advice to share. Do leave a comment below. You can also read more about how to get your child ready for school here.

Top tips for parents with a child starting school this year

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15 comments

  1. Really helpful tips – our eldest starts school this September too. I’ve been in education for my whole career and thought I’d be fine with it … the jitters are starting to kick in though. We’ve had a great experience so far with his school and I’m looking forward to this next stage.

  2. That is such good advice, especially the clothes being one size bigger for changing… good luck to your little one, I’m sure it’ll all be fine !

  3. This was me this time last year, and I cried the whole first week. You know, everyone is different and if you want to cry, then just cry! I had nothing to worry about though, a year on he is still my baby, just one that can read and write, feed himself, go to the loo himself and can socialise like he’s the life of the party. School is the best thing that happened to Tyler 🙂
    xx

  4. Some great advice there and all i can say is take it in your stride, some of mine have been hysterical when leaving on the first day and others have wandered off without a backward glance! lol

  5. Sebby starts school in September and I am not looking forward to it, purely as he is my last baby. He, on the other hand, cannot wait

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