Top tips for the first weeks

Many children settle into school life easily, while others take longer. Don't worry if your child is tearful and clingy for the first few days - it's quite normal. Although you might feel terrible leaving them, they will most likely be playing quite happily within a few minutes.

If your child seems exhausted at the end of the day, let them have some quiet time or even a nap when they get home. If they're starving hungry, a healthy snack and drink can help restore energy levels.

Let your child get used to school life before introducing after-school activities. It's a good idea to keep the first few weekends quiet, too, as they will likely need time to recharge, just as we do when we start a new job or a big project.

Keep talking to your child about their feelings about school, and put aside some special time to chat about their day. Some children are enthusiastic at first, but once the reality of going to school day after day sets in, they can become reluctant. If this happens with your child, use a calendar to help them understand when weekends and holidays are coming up. You might want to arrange a few treats for them to look forward to as well.