Starting primary school is a big event in every child’s life, and in every parent’s life, too. It’s a big change that’s exciting and a bit scary. Even if your child went to the school nursery or has other friends starting they might still be nervous.
This is a big day for everyone, but don’t worry, their new teacher will be focussed on helping your child settle in. And there are things you can do to get them ready so they have a happy first day.
What is my child’s nursery doing to help prepare them?
All nurseries and ELC settings will have plans in place to help your wee one make the transition to primary school. These will differ depending on your setting, so talk to your child’s nursery to see what they are doing or have planned.
What is my child’s new school doing to help them prepare them?
All schools will have plans in place to help new children settle into P1, but these will differ from school to school. Some schools may be inviting children to come in for a visit before they start, while others may be using videos and online chats. Get in touch with your child’s new school to find out what the options are.
What are schools doing to keep children safe from coronavirus?
Although coronavirus restrictions are easing, it’s likely that there will still be things in place to keep your child safe from coronavirus, such as increased cleaning procedures, more hand washing and face masks for staff. Our schools FAQ page has more information. By now your child is probably well used to washing their hands and sneezing and coughing into their elbow, but it’s a good idea to talk to them about how their new school will be keeping them safe.