Preparing for school

The first days of school can be daunting for you and your child. There are some things you can do to make it easier for your child to transition into their school years and help them concentrate on learning.

Before your child starts school, it is worth making sure that your child is school ready and can do the following things on their own:

  • use the toilet
  • undress and dress, for PE lessons
  • eat and drink
  • wash their hands
  • use tissues and know to ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’.
  • tidy up, putting toys away or clearing their desk

It is also worth making sure that your child is familiar with books and reading and that they feel confident to tell you if they are worried about school.

The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) have a guide to getting your child ready for school which has lots of tips for helping the first few weeks go smoothly.

Bradford Council, as the local authority, have a plan in place for improving the educational outcomes of children in Bradford, you can read more about the plans on their website

Once your child starts school, if you do have any questions or concerns around behaviour, such as eating habits, playing or sleeping, please speak to the school nurse who should be able to advise you.

You can also watch the video below from Public Health England about how school readiness can impact on educational success and life chances.


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