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Preparing For Their First Day Of School

It’s a big day for you and for them! There’ll be no doubt that both you and your little one are feeling nervous, but their first day of school is an exciting time. It signifies the start of their learning and independence as well as introducing a new routine for the both of you! For any anxious parents out there (or parents with little ones feeling the nerves) we’ve popped together some tips and tricks - as well as a helpful checklist - so you can prepare for their first day of school!

Our Top Tips

Tip 1: Familiarise your child with the routine

If you’re wondering where to even start on how to prepare for school, this is a great tip! The early starts are a big adjustment – you’re introducing them to the wake-up call for the rest of their lives. The sooner they adjust to waking up early, the better for stress-free mornings and their body clocks. Gradually wake the little ones up earlier every day in the coming weeks before school starts; even if it’s only 15 minutes earlier every morning, this will prepare them for the start in a more natural way. Implement a routine as early as possible too! From the order they get ready and have breakfast to the time you set off, all of these details make for an easier transition into school life.

Tip 2: Talk to them about what they can expect from school

Your little ones’ nerves most likely stem from the fear of the unknown. You are their whole world and they won’t understand why they can’t just stay with you every day! The best way to ease their nerves is to talk about it - you’ll realise that they actually know very little about what school is and their worries are most likely based around meeting new people. Advice that’s transferrable from ages 5 to 50? Everyone’s in the same boat! Prepare them for the structure of the average school day, the excitement to have more friends and to get learning. A classroom environment will be new to them, so have a chat about lesson etiquette (putting your hand up, not speaking over other children etc) to prepare them for being in a shared space.

Tip 3: Familiarise your child with the school

A lot of their nerves will disappear if it’s not a completely new environment for them. Many schools offer an introductory day, where your child can meet fellow classmates and their teachers, so they know some faces on their first day! Even being familiar with the building so they don’t find it intimidating is helpful – going round the school with you will offer that extra reassurance for them too.

Tip 4: Make sure everything is ready the day before

Your little ones’ first day of school may be stressful and emotional – it’s considered a rite of passage by many – so therefore we recommend you prepare as much as possible beforehand so the morning goes smoothly. The biggest things that may invoke stress or panic if they haven’t been sorted is sorting out their uniform, helping your little one pack their school bag, and prepare their packed lunch for their first day!

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Tip 5: What to pack in their school bag

Not got a clue what the kids are taking to school nowadays? We’ve got you covered on what to put in their school bag. Check out the list below that we’ve put together to help you know what you should pack for your kids. For their first day, consider packing something that would comfort them and provides some familiarity during an otherwise strange day! Pop a little note in their packed lunch or pack a teeny teddy that they can keep hold of to reassure them throughout.

Tip 5: What to pack in their school bag

Not got a clue what the kids are taking to school nowadays? We’ve got you covered on what to put in their school bag. Check out the list below that we’ve put together to help you know what you should pack for your kids. For their first day, consider packing something that would comfort them and provides some familiarity during an otherwise strange day! Pop a little note in their packed lunch or pack a teeny teddy that they can keep hold of to reassure them throughout.

Back to school checklist

Stationary:
- Pencil Case
- Pencils
- Pens
- Pencil Sharpener
- Rubber
- Highlighters
- Ruler
- Folders
- Calculator
- School Books/ School Diary

Uniform:
- PE Kit
- Trainers
- Sports Bag
- School Bag
- School Shirt / Blouse
- School Trousers / Skirt
- School Jumper / Cardigan
- School Polos
- Coat
- Socks
- School Shoes

Essentials:
- Lunch Box
- Water Bottle
- Healthy Snacks
- Tissues
- Hand Sanitiser
- Bobbles (for PE)
- Money for transport
- Lunch money

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