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What do teachers think is most important for a child starting school?

Starting school for the first time can feel like a big move for any child, especially in terms of what to expect at school. With the right preparation, what could be a daunting activity can become a new adventure!

Read our tips below from teachers who understand what goes on in the school day. What do some children struggle with? How can you introduce learning and reading gradually whilst keeping it fun?


“Encourage looking at books. Flicking through, looking at pictures, reading words. It’s all the building process to enjoy reading. 5 minutes a day is all it takes to get the interest started. Reading can be fun – enjoy the experience of all the various adventures that are out there.”, Tracey


“Give them lots of memories so they have lots to talk to new friends and grown ups when they start. Also encourage them to be independent with things like putting on their coat, changing their shoes, and getting into a P.E kit (make sure they are used to putting things into a P.E bag as this will help them not to lose too many items of clothing)”, Nikki


“My son starts primary school in September. I want him to have a summer holiday full of fun but also continuing doing what we do….reading together at bedtime, drawing, scrapbook making for his memories etc”, Kirsty


Take a look at a reception teacher’s 5 top tips for helping your child get ready for school here.


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