- Help your child to develop the skills they need to be independent, such as getting used to playing with other children, dressing themselves and looking after their things
- Try to go to as many of the meetings before and after your child starts at the school, as you can. If you can’t attend, give the school a call and ask for the information to be sent to you
Top tip: go for uniforms that are simple, i.e. easy to pull on trousers, elasticated skirts, avoid button downs and opt for velcro-fastening shoes.
When it comes to labelling clothing, ask your child to choose a special symbol that is a unique mark - perhaps a smiley face or a star - to help them recognise their things at a glance in those fraught early weeks when everyone's items may look identical.
Lastly, you’ll need to think about buying the first pair of school shoes. Give yourself plenty of time to buy these, as you’ll likely need to pop in store to get your child’s feet measured.
BBC Bitesize have a fun game to play with your child when preparing to start primary school. Help your child to create their character and pick a school jumper, then explore the school and find all the different activities to play.