How to help your child transition from home to school

This article was last updated on 20 October 2020

Transitioning from home or nursery to the primary school classroom can be challenging, even upsetting, for some children. Here, early years specialist Helen Stroudley offers her advice to help you make the switch as smooth as possible for your child.

Helen's tips for before they start school

  • Walk or travel to school regularly with your child - this will get them used to the buildings and their new surroundings.
  • Keep a consistent routine - especially around waking up, bed time, and meal times.
  • Check out your schools settling in policies, such as taster days or home visits.
  • Talk to friends and family members, especially if they have children of a similar age, and share experiences.
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