1. EASE BACK INTO YOUR ROUTINE
During the last two weeks of holidays, re-introduce a bedtime routine and begin waking late sleepers earlier each day.
2. ORGANISE A SCHOOL CALENDAR
Getting back into a new school year can be quite hectic at times. Create a calendar which includes after school activities, sports and special events. Place this somewhere in your home where it is visible to the whole family.
3. DON'T LEAVE IT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE
Organise your new stationary and uniform well in advance.
1. LABEL EVERYTHING
It is not uncommon for items to go missing at school or be misplaced, so by clearly labelling your child's lunch box, drink bottle, school bad they are more likely to find their way back to the rightful owner.
2. ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO DO NEW THINGS
Before your child starts school encourage them to open their lunch box, open their drink bottle, dress themselves, go to the toilet by themselves and wash their hands. This will help prepare your child to become more independent and responsible.
3. GET TO KNOW THE SCHOOL
Visit the school website and take note of the important factors; when does school start and finish, uniform policies, tuckshop days and menus.
4. CONNECT WITH THE ONLINE COMMUNITY
More and more schools are using social media platforms to communicate important events, celebrations and messages. Visit and like the school's Facebook page and be kept up to date with all the latest news.
5. TAKE A SCHOOL TOUR
Schools are more than happy to provide tours to take the edge off first-day nerves. If you are new to the school, take your child in for a tour to familiarise themselves with the school ground and get to know their classroom and drop off and pick up areas so that it is not too overwhelming on their first day.
6. GET ENOUGH ZZZ's
A good night's sleep is important for your child's growth and development. A bedtime routine is very important and will help your child wind down from the day. Children aged 6 to 9 years need 10-11 hours sleep a night, which makes 7.30pm an appropriate bedtime.
7. CREATE A ROUTINE CHART
Have a list of what you want your children to complete each morning. For example; get dressed, eat breakfast, brush your teeth, make your bed. This will save parents from having to repeat these activities daily and will help set a routine for your child.
8. LUNCHBOX PLANNER
Research some creative healthy lunchbox ideas (Pinterest is a great app for this) and have all the food required in the fridge or pantry to remove the stress of not knowing what to pack for lunch the next day.
And you're ready for your first day!
1. OPEN COMMUNICATION
Talk about the change that your child will experience and ensure you ask them how their first day went and continue to ask this question each day.
2. ATTEND TRANSITION DAYS
Make sure your child attends the transition days that the school organises. It is a great opportunity for them to meet with teachers and familiarise themselves with the school grounds.
3. SCHOOL ROUTINE
Be familiar with timetables, start and finish times, so that your child knows that to expect from their school day.
4. STAY IN TOUCH
Read the school newsletters, attend parent-teacher interviews, like the school's social media page. The more informed you are, the more you are able to provide support.
5. BE POSITIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC
Get your child excited about the upcoming events such as fundraisers, school camps and retreats as they are more likely to look forward to these events if you are being positive about it.
Ensure your children are aware that they can ask you for assistance with any questions they have. This shows that you are interested in what they are learning.
7. TRAVELLING TO SCHOOL
If your child rides their bike or catches the bus, go with them until they feel confident travelling on their own, or organise a travel buddy.
8. TALK IT OUT
Encourage your child to talk about their feelings and to use the support services available at the school.