School Readiness How Can I Prepare Myself

How can I prepare myself when my child is starting primary school?

Starting school can be a big step for everyone - so don't forget to look after yourself too!

Trying to find time for yourself isn't always easy with a young child, but can be really important.

What things do you really enjoy? What do you find relaxing?

What keeps you feeling fit and well, both emotionally and physically?

It might be trying to get enough rest and sleep, eating well, being outside in the fresh air, or doing some exercise.

Or it could be meeting up with a friend or talking to them on the phone, listening to music, cooking, watching your favourite TV show, or walking the dog.

The important thing is to try and find some time to do the things that work for you.

It might be helpful to plan what you’ll do during your child’s first few days at school...

Things like going for a coffee with some of the other parents, going for a walk in the park, or settling down for some ‘me-time’ with a cuppa could be good for you.

Remember, you are you child's first and most important teacher, and your child will continue to rely on your help and support throughout school.

By remembering to look after yourself, you will be better able to support your child’s needs too.

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?

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

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