Some things to try at home
Chat with your child about starting school.
What do they think it will be like? What are they most looking forward to? Is there anything they’re unsure or worried about?
Look at the school’s website together and talk about the pictures.
If your child seems anxious about school, try focusing on the things they’ll like best – maybe the sandpit, playhouse or new friends.
Going to the toilet
Support your child to be confident about getting to the loo in time and wiping properly, using toilet paper rather than moist wipes.
Washing their hands
Chat about the importance of good handwashing with soap and water. A good way of showing how germs can linger is to let your child cover their hands in paint (pretend germs!) and then try to wash it all off.
Dressing and undressing
Let your child practise putting on their school clothes, taking them off and folding them neatly in preparation for PE lessons, especially if there are fiddly fastenings such as shirt buttons and zips. Clothes with elastic bands and shoes with Velcro are easier to handle for young children. Teach your child tricks such as putting labels at the back, holding cuffs to stop sleeves riding up, and wrinkling tights to put toes in first.
All of the children from Reception to Year 2 are entitled to a school dinner. Encourage your child to use a full-sized knife and fork and carry a plate or tray. If your child is taking a lunchbox, make sure they can open it as well as any containers and packets inside.
Using a tissue
Introduce your child to the routine of ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ – catching their sneeze or runny nose in a tissue, putting it in the bin straightaway, then washing hands to kill germs. Some children find nose-blowing difficult, so play games to practise nose control – blowing a feather into the air, for example.
Get your child into the habit of hanging their coat up, putting their toys away, clearing the table, and so on, to prepare them for doing these things at school. In the classrooms we use a 'tidy up' song. You might want to try one at home.
Your child doesn’t need to be able to read, write or do sums before they start school. Children start school with a wide range of abilities and our teacher's are skilled at helping children progress at their own level. What’s most important is that you and your child have fun together in those preschool months sharing stories, singing songs, playing games and talking about anything and everything.
Please check this page weekly as here you will find resources to help your child.