Top ten tips for your child's first day at school
Thousands of children in Cornwall will have their first day at school this week.
Here are our top ten tips for parents
1 – Labels are crucial and need to be on everything from clothes to books and lunchboxes. Other children will have the same uniform and you want to make sure your child comes home with the jumper he left in.
2 – Make sure the school has the best contact numbers to get hold of you or your partner. It’s very unlikely they would need to get in touch but you need to be sure they can contact you if necessary.
3 – Make an effort to meet and chat with at least one new parent. When you’re waving goodbye to your child you’ll have a lot in common and you could be spending a lot of time at the school gate over the coming years.
4 – If you’re a dad taking your child to school then don’t worry about being the odd one out – there are likely to be plenty of other men there.
5 –Schools recommend teaching your child how to write their name so they can label any worksheets or books given to them.
6 – Make sure the teacher knows about any inhaler your child needs to have with them and any allergies they have. It’s a good idea to write any instructions or information on a card and get it laminated if possible.
7 – Ask your child to practice taking off their coat, hanging it on the wall and putting it back on again. Sometimes simple things can become difficult with lots of other excitable children in the same area.
8 – Avoid the temptation of shoes with laces for the first few weeks. Velcro is a wonderful invention.
9 - Empty your child’s bag everyday – especially in the first few days, where notes and envelopes may be sent home.
10 – Don’t worry if there are tears when you wave goodbye to your child. A bit of anxiety for both of you is completely normal.
Is your child or grandchild starting school or going to a new school this week?