Starting reception is a huge step in life, for your child and for you! Most schools have trial days and hopefully you and your child has already spent some time in their new classroom and met other children and some staff but there are seemingly trivial little things you can do to help your little one settle quickly.
Step one is preparing yourself emotionally. It may be a little sad to see your tot growing up and growing away from you but it will help them hugely if you can overcome your anxiety and concentrate on the excitement of this new step.
Next is to try and make as much of their new life as familiar as possible before they start school.
Once you have their new uniform wash it all (even though it is brand new) Smell and feel is vitally important to small children and the comfort of feeling and smelling "right" cannot be underestimated. Let your child practice putting it on, taking it off and putting PE kit on, all with no help. This includes shoes!
If they will be taking a packed lunch make them a practice lunch all packed in their new box and let them open it, eat and pack it all way at the end, again with no help. If this is familiar its one less challenge in what will be a very challenging few weeks for them.
School timings may require a new schedule. If possible slip quietly into the new routine about a week before term, concentrating on regular bedtimes, morning routine, eating meals in line with the school schedule etc.
Relax, enjoy and be super positive about it all. Talk through any fears they may have, and talk through with other parents any fears you may have.
We currently have an early birds sale running on PE bags so why not pick up and fabulous new bag for their PE kit. You can choose either in a bright and appealing print they can easily find as their own or a plain colour to match their smart new uniform, with their name clearly embroidered on it.