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Even if it seems like a way off yet, there will come a time when your little one has to start school. This can be a difficult time for some who might be entirely unaware of what is expected of them, or even of what school is. Even those who do understand what they need to do might be concerned or anxious about that first day. This is why it’s so important to start early and prepare your child for school well ahead of the first day of term in reception. Doing this also has the additional benefit of giving you a chance to get ready as well; it can be just as hard on the parent as the child (and, if that child is completely prepared and ready to go, it will be you who is more concerned than they are).  

Read on to find several ideas of how to ensure your child is prepared for school so that by the time their first day arrives, they’re bubbling with excitement and can’t wait to get started. Although hard, this is far better than a child who clings on and cries at the school gate, which is upsetting for all.



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