Starting school: the practicalities

Your first week checklist

  • Do you know exactly where you need to take your child, and at what time?
  • Do you know where to collect your child, and at what time?
  • Do you know what equipment they’ll need for the first few days? (PE kit, book bag, spare clothes and so on)
  • Do you and your child know where to hang coats and PE kits?
  • Does your child know who’ll be collecting them each day? If they are attending an after-school club, it could be a teacher, an assistant or a member of the after-school club. If it’s your regular childminder, have you reworked your contract to include the school run details?
  • Do you know if you take your child into the classroom and settle them, or are they expected to go in on their own?
  • Have you put name labels on absolutely everything?! Show your child where the labels are and make sure they are sewn or stuck somewhere that’s easy for them to find.

Resources for childcare professionals and schools