The big day is almost here! Your child will soon be starting school or nursery. You are both bound to be really excited about this new adventure - but feeling a bit nervous and anxious too is very normal!
What can you do to help your child prepare for this important milestone in their life?
How CBeebies can help
Your child is bound to be wondering what school or nursery will be like when they arrive and what sort of things happen during the day.
Why not cuddle up together and watch Jack's Big Day to help reassure them about what to expect?
Have a chat about how Jack feels at different points in his day at school. Does your child have any of the worries Jack has?
Talk about all the fun things he does and all the activities your child is looking forward to when they start school.
Starting nursery is an important milestone in your child’s life. You can use My Story Online to help prepare your child for the important first day. Pick the templates that best suit your situation, here are some suggestions that may help:
Use My Day to outline a typical day at nursery and help your child to understand what to expect. When will they eat, will they have sleep time?
After their first day, use My Day to capture what they have experienced. You could also use Play and Food to talk about their day.
Use My People to make pictures of your child’s nursery teachers and new friends.
If your child is feeling anxious, use I Wish and I Feel to help explore their feelings.
How to make a magic moment
Your child has already achieved so much. Why not share some of those special times with your child's new teacher and classmates by making an 'All About Me' scrapbook?
Collect together photos, pictures and mementoes of important milestones and events in your child's life so far - e.g. birthday cards, photos of special family events or records of achievements).
Remember to keep adding to their scrapbook as they start their new adventure at school or nursery.