Tips for preparing for the first year at Primary School!


Can you believe we are in August already? I can’t! Summer is here and although the UK weather can’t make up its mind, Amelia and I have been trying to make the most of our last few weeks together before Primary School starts in September as I mentioned in my last post.

My sweet four-year-old graduated from nursery last weekend and I can not believe how quickly this year has flown by! Whilst I am excited for her to start school, I am also raging with worry. I’ve now got to be one of those mums queuing for uniforms and stressing over the small stuff which I do anyway.
Not only do I have to worry about getting her uniform and everything else she will need. I also have to worry about preparing her for school and preparing myself for her to start school. It’s going to be hard for both of us. Even though Amelia attends nursery, she is only in for 2 days a week and now she has to go to school for 5 days a week which is a big change for a child. The first few weeks will be hard for both of us and I hope we find it easy to get into the routine.

I thought I’d write a post sharing some of the tips and things I will be trying out. I hope you enjoy this post and that you will find some of it useful if your child is starting school this year!

Tips to prepare your child for their first year at school.

Talk to them about it, try your best to explain to them that soon they will be doing to school every day, wearing a uniform and that they will be meeting a lot of new people. These are big changes for children and the better you explain it the more likely they are to accept and understand it.

Try getting into the school morning routine, getting them up, dressed and had breakfast in time for the school run. This can be really beneficial for you both as it will make it easier come September to adapt to the routine.
Take your child to the school events they have planned so they know what to expect from the school itself. This is a great opportunity for you both to get to see the school and get to meet the people you will be interacting with, it also helps you get involved with that community.
Break-in school shoes before school starts. Obviously not too much that they ruin them but you don’t want them to get blisters etc.
Walk to the school with them, show them it from the outside. If you will be walking your child to school this may also help you plan on how long it actually takes you to get there.

Tips for the first day.

Get there early. You don’t want to be late and give off a bad first impression of yourself or your child.
Try to socialise with other parents, they feel exactly the same as you do!
Don’t cry! I know it’s going to be hard but do not let them see you cry. Wait until your child has gone into school or until you get back into the car.
Make sure your child is wearing the correct uniform! Don’t be that mum who sent their child in the wrong uniform.


I hope you find these tips useful and that your child has a wonderful first day, and that everything goes according to plan. Let me know of any of your tips that you feel I have left out in the comments.

11 thoughts on “Tips for preparing for the first year at Primary School!

  1. I would even break down the morning routine to fine details eg 7.30am wake up, 7.45 breakfast, 8.15am clean teeth, 8.25 shoes on etc. Good luck!

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    1. Great idea! Thanks for sharing it with meA


  2. These are great tips Georgia! It helps to keep any anxieties at a manageable level if you’ve got the practical details sorted beforehand. Although not everything can be planned for, my daughter broke her leg 2 days before her 1st day at school. She missed the first week and her 1st day back (& subsequent week) was in a wheelchair! But she was fine, it all worked out in the end xx

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    1. With my severe anxiety I’m definitely over planning because I’m anxious about taking her to and from school on my own but as you say you can’t plan for everything! I’m just hoping that I can hold myself together so I don’t make her uncomfortable! Sorry to hear about your little girl, and I’m glad it all worked out for you all! Xx

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  3. Natasha MacFarlane Aug 14, 2019 — 2:44 pm

    Great tips!! Mine head back to school next month and I’m gonna be working out a morning routine before hand to help with the anxiousness that can come with school. Thanks for writing this!

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    1. That sounds great! Wishing you all the best!


  4. I think I am too laid back. I’ve bought the uniform but that’s about it. My eldest gets a bus at 8am though and we were always late for nursery so I am worried about being on time. I’m not sure I’ll keep in the tears 😭


    1. We are not the best for an early morning start at our house and we were late a lot for nursery! None of us are morning people and I definitely stay up too late so I’ve started setting alarms for bedtime!


  5. Lovely and useful post.
    As you alluded to, that’s an impact on parents too. I’d say to parents, reflect on your own feelings re your own schooling because they always rear their head when you’re back in the playground. Then they won’t blindly play out for a second time.
    Nice post- best wishes to your both.
    Peace and love,
    Spence 😀

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    1. Couldn’t agree more, thank you for the lovely comment!


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