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Starting primary school is an important step which can be both exciting and a little bit scary for you and your child. 

As parents and carers, preparing for this change and making sure that your child has a good start at school can feel difficult, but there are many ways in which we can help our children – and ourselves – feel ready.

Click on the links below for helpful information and practical tips.

How do I know if my child is ready to start school?

The basic skills your child needs to have the best possible beginning at school.

How do I know if my child is ready to start school?

How can I help prepare my child?

Skills you can practice together at home to help the first few weeks go smoothly.

How can I help prepare my child?

How can I prepare myself?

There are several ways in which you can look after and find time for yourself.

How can I prepare myself?

Helpful links

More practical advice, resources and information for families about this big step.

Helpful links