Guide to the First Weeks of School
Guide to the First Weeks of School

Guide to the First Weeks of School

On this blog, you will find activities and ideas that can be useful to support your child as he starts primary school.

Starting school is a big step in your child’s life. At best, they will likely feel excited and anxious about this new milestone. Recent school closures mean that many transition events will have taken place online.

The blog below provides safety help and advice for you and your child as you move into the next stage of their education.

You can also watch this video on what to expect when restarting after lockdown in EYFS in September.

What can I expect in the first few weeks?

  • Expect tears at the time of delivery, but maybe not right away. For some children, it takes a while for them to realize that they have to come to school every day.

  • If your child becomes upset, you can gently but firmly hand him over to the teacher or teaching assistant, who will calm him down very quickly.

  • It’s a good idea to encourage your child to enter the classroom alone, rather than with him. This will help them become more independent and will also make it easier emotionally for them to leave you at the playground.

  • Your child may be very tired during the first few weeks as they begin to process the new experiences they are having. Keeping a bedtime routine will help with this.

  • Children starting school need to get used to having less time for themselves. There may be some resistance to bedtime if it means interrupting a game or activity. It can help to give a lot of warning. For example, you could say, ‘When you finish this puzzle, it’s time to get ready for bed.’ Making bedtime a pleasant experience will make things easier: a bath, milk, cuddles, a favorite story – whatever your child likes.