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Help. My Child Starts School in September. What should I be doing?

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Firstly don’t panic about reading and writing and all things academic.

The most important thing for you as a parent is ensuring that your child can do a few things independently by September. This makes the transition to school much easier for everyone, you, the teacher and essentially your child.

The five key things your child needs to be able to do by September are:

Be able to dress themselves. This includes socks and shoes. This will mean that they will be able to get changed for PE without adult help.
Put on their own coat and zip it

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up. Obviously essential for outdoor activities and play time.
Use a knife and fork, and be able to cut up their own food.
Be toilet trained. Your child needs to be able to wipe their own bottom by the time they go to school.
Have a good sleep routine. Although your child may be used to going to nursery for long hours, they will still be very tired when they start school. The school day is full on and its essential that your child is getting enough sleep. I would recommend bedtime by 7pm.

Essentially, if your child can be a little

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independent by September, this is the best grounding for starting school.

For more posts on how to support your child to thrive at school, check out thelift.blog

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- 5 Feb 19

Firstly don’t panic about reading and writing and all things academic.

The most important thing for you as a parent is ensuring that your child can do a few things independently by September. This makes the transition to school much easier for everyone, you, the teacher and essentially your child.

The five key things your child needs to be able to do by September are:

  • Be able to dress themselves. This includes socks and shoes. This will mean that they will be able to get changed for PE without adult help.
  • Put on their own coat and zip it up. Obviously essential for outdoor activities and play time.
  • Use a knife and fork, and be able to cut up their own food.
  • Be toilet trained. Your child needs to be able to wipe their own bottom by the time they go to school.
  • Have a good sleep routine. Although your child may be used to going to nursery for long hours, they will still be very tired when they start school. The school day is full on and its essential that your child is getting enough sleep. I would recommend bedtime by 7pm.

Essentially, if your child can be a little independent by September, this is the best grounding for starting school.

For more posts on how to support your child to thrive at school, check out thelift.blog

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