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A Short Guide to

Starting School

By Mel Bryden - October 2018


Get comfortable with what's ahead


Read to your child





It can be an overwhelming time in a family’s life, but this simple guide puts the important things into focus, so you need to think about is your child starting their new and exciting journey.



Read To Your Child


The ritual of listening to an adult read, teaches children some of the many important classroom habits, like sitting still, active listening, comprehension and learning to ask questions, whilst also developing an interest in print.  If library visits are not a regular part of your week, it’s a great idea to start now.  Choose some books together, and then read them to your child.  Together you will develop a shared love of literature.  Reading is one of the very best ways to boost your child’s success at school.


Get Comfortable With What’s Ahead


Establish an understanding with your child of what’s ahead.  Things like how they will get to and from school.  If you live close by, go for a walk to the school gates together.  If you are going to drive to school, get in the car and look at where the drop off and pick up zones are, and continue by talking about the safety of getting in and out of the car at school times.  You should also teach your child to put on and take off their own seat belt.  It really is worthwhile taking some time, before they start school to teach your child these skills.  Not only will it be safer, but less stressful for you and your child.




Make sure your child can use the toilet independently, including urinals for the boys.  It’s also really important to have established handwashing techniques.  When starting school your child should be able to use a tissue to blow their nose without help from an adult.  If the lunch box is a new addition for your child, then why not start using it for lunch or dinner so that your child can learn to open, access and close it.   Bento boxes are a great recommendation for school as it encourages less waste, and give you the opportunity to add a variety of different foods.




Children take their emotional cues from their parents so be sure to talk to your child about the coming changes, ask how they feel and acknowledge their feelings.  Most of all stay positive about this exciting new journey.