How to help your child settle into primary school

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The Kiddies started reception last September and have settled into the primary school routine. They love going to school and enjoy learning, which is great for all of us. I was a bit worried at first when they started, thinking the longer days and school lunch would be an issue, but they handled it all excellently.

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Many children struggle at first when they start primary school, especially when they are summer babies. I know my twins (especially my son) had to adjust to pre school when they started at 3 years old. So I know how hard it can be for parents when the kids don’t settle on time. Here are some tips that may help you help your child settle into primary school quickly.

Trial days at primary school

My kids visited the primary school many times before they actually started in September. The Pre School was just down the road from the primary school, so they got to go in many times for some hours before starting. They also had 3 trial days where they spent the whole day at the primary school in the summer before starting in September. Those days helped them settle in quickly as they knew what to expect when they started in September and the routine and the faces were familiar. I know schools like NYC Charter Elementary School have tours for the little ones to see how a regular day of school would look like.

Books about primary school routine

The Kiddies love reading and they learn a lot from the books they read. Reading children’s books about school does help. There are many amazing books available that would help relief the tension and anxiety starting school may bring. The book – First Day at Bug School by Sam Lloyd, helped the kids understand the primary school routine a bit more. First Day at Skeleton School also by Sam Lloyd is another great book to read. 

A good routine at home

Having good routine at home does help children settle into primary school quickly. A good routine means the children get to have dinner at a good time and have enough sleep at night to keep them refreshed and ready to learn. Bedtime at our house is 7pm and we try to get the kids in bed and asleep for 7:30pm at the latest.

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Being involved

Being involved in what the child does in school does help. So finding at about their day, so you know if there are any issues helps. Doing homework together also helps, as you have a good picture of what your child’s progress at school. Homework for my 5-year-old twins in Reception Class is really about reading and knowing the phonetics sounds.

Also, going in for the pupil progress meetings and stay and play helps the parents stay updated on what happens in the classroom and how the child is coping on a daily basis.

What do you think of these tips? How did you help your child settle into primary school? Do you have any tips to share? Please sound off in the comments below.

Thanks for reading. Have a great week.






26 responses

  1. My best tip is to be happy and positive about starting school as they pick up on everything. If you are excited, they will be too

  2. My two loved starting school too. They are now in secondary school and still enjoying it. I think it’s us parents who are most affected by them going to school 🤣

  3. Oscar really struggled to settle into reception. He’d never really been away from me so would make himself sick with worry about going in. Luckily, he seems to have settled into year one loads better, and he loves school now 🙂

    Louise x

  4. Such lovely tips I also found that if I am excited and tell them how much fun they are going to have and be positive about their new experience they tend to have a positive outlook too and enjoy themselves. xx

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