Helpful hints for getting your child ready to start school
We want all children and their families to have the best possible start to the school year. There are things that you can do to make sure your child is as prepared as possible for their first day of school. See below for some handy tips and ideas designed to help you and your child have the best start possible.
In the year/holidays before school
- Attend school orientation and Launching into Learning programs. This is a great opportunity for your child to meet their teachers and other children.
- Ensure your child’s immunisations are up to date.
- Book your child in for their Healthy Kids Check
- If your child has an allergy, medical condition, takes medication or has any additional support needs, inform the school as early as possible and make an appointment to see the Principal.
- Practise walking or travelling to school.
- Organise out of school hours care, if required.
- Check in to see how your child is feeling about their first day of school and acknowledge their feelings.
- Visit the school playground.
- Write your child’s name on everything.
- Make sure you have the school’s phone number.
Some things you might consider to buy
- School uniform (summer, winter, sports, hat, usually available for purchase at the school).
- School shoes that your child can be active and move comfortably in, (try velcro straps if your child can’t tie laces).
- Backpack or other suitable schoolbag.
- Lunch box and Water bottle (have your child choose ones they can open).
The night before
- Together with your child, get everything ready for the next day.
- Make your child’s recess (morning tea) and lunch and pop it in the fridge.
- Help your child pack their school bag.
- Pack a spare set of clothes in a plastic bag in case of accidents.
The first day
- Be confident and positive with your child about their first day.
- Apply sunscreen and include a hat.
- Take photos!
- Allow extra time to support your child in settling into the classroom.
- Talk with your child about picking them up at the end of the day. Check with the classroom teacher on any end of day routines (e.g. where to wait for your child)