Preparing for Reception in September

You have received your child's school place what's next?

This can be an anxious time for parents and carers. You might be thinking about the school day, is your child ready for school? What does your little one need to know?

I was nervous for Joshua's first day at school in Reception. You watch as your baby grows and now it's time for them to be independent and enter big school.

Here are 5 tips to support you and your child as they enter their chapter of starting Reception.

1. Talk about school

You and your little one will have very mixed emotions about starting school. It is important to discuss these feelings and any worries you may have. Be open to have a discussion with your child and answer any questions they may have.

Talking about school is a great way to discuss your child entering a new environment, the classroom, playground, toilets and lunch hall. You can refer to the school website for more information.

2. Role play school

This is a fun way to use learning through play to explore school. Use this time to encourage your child to practise writing their name, as this will help your little one to recognise their name on their belongings.

Whilst role playing school, encourage your child to count objects and sing songs such as 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish Alive. Go ahead and play Teachers! Who will be the pupil and who will be the teacher? Let your little one decide.

3. Encourage independence

This is a great opportunity to talk about your child's school uniform. Discuss what it looks like, the colours and the logo. Give your child the opportunity to get dressed independently, zipping up their coat, putting on their shoes.

During meal times, show your child how to use cutlery and putting their plate away.

Encourage your child to use the toilet, such as knowing how to clean themselves after using the toilet and flushing the toilet. Can they wash and dry their hands? These are all important life skills for your little one to complete independently.

4. Explore the route to school

Plan and prepare the route to school. Talk about what you can see on the way to school or particular landmarks, This will help your child to be familiar with the local school area. Exploring the route to school will support your child to know what is coming ahead. So, on your child's first day of going to school they are aware of the local environment.

5. Be positive

This is easier said then done, believe me I understand! However, try and remain positive about your child starting school. Be open, talkative and listen to what they say. You can talk about what your child is looking forward to or what books they might read at school. I wish you and your little one all the best as they start big school.

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