The first year

Once the excitement of the first few days are over and children begin to settle into routines and rhythms of school life, effective communication between school, home and other care settings remains vital.

Find out more about supporting children throughout their first year at school.

Resources for parents

  • Learning can be so much fun! Parents and families are the most important thing in the world to children. What you do with your children has the most impact on their life and learning. Try our tips.
  • Safeguarding and child protection information for parents - understand more about safeguarding and what the Early Years Foundation Years Statutory Framework requires of your childcare provider (including your reception class in school). 
  • Top tips for the first year - Keeping on top of homework and activities, dealing with illness, and communicating with the school
  • Outdoor play - This factsheet explores why outdoor play is important, explains the types of play children engage in and how you can support your child when playing outside.
  • Schools funding and Pupil Premium - This factsheet provides information about the extra funding your child’s school may be able to claim to provide additional resources for your child
  • School attendance - This factsheet provides top tips and information about being in school on time; plus taking children out of school including for holidays and illness.
  • Sharing books - This factsheet explores how you can make the most of sharing a wide range of books with your child.
  • Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice - This factsheet, applicable to Early years practitioners, reception class staff, parents and carers, provides information about special educational needs and disability.

Resources for childcare professionals and schools