There are lots of ways you can help your child feel happy, confident and ready for starting nursery or school.
The links below will give you some tips, activities you can try, and games you can play with your children.  All of them will help your children be ready for nursery or school, and make that first day less scary.

And in 2017 our specially trained volunteers will be available to help families with pre-school aged children make the transition to nursery or school.

[from the NetMums Website]

Starting school is a huge change in a young child’s life, and a big adjustment for parents too. Being well prepared will help to make it a positive and exciting experience for them – and for you.

Set up by an ex head teacher, this website has lots of activities that are free to download. Some of them work alongside well known stories like ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.


The website of this educational charity gives lots of ideas for play activity with young children. The PLA have also produced the following leaflets full of ideas for parents, which you can download:

Easy, fun ways to help your child be happier, learn more and enjoy a better start in life. This website has lots of resources and ideas for activities and games.

A series of leaflets which can be downloaded from this website. Produced by The National Association of Head Teachers, in partnership with Family Action, they cover:

  • Getting the most out of school
  • Speaking and listening
  • Giving your child a helping hand
  • Preparing for a change at school
  • Your child’s wellbeing
  • Independence and responsibility
[Professional Association for Childcare & Early Years]

The PACEY website has a wide range of materials for parents and carers to help make the move to full-time schooling a positive and exciting experience.
Here you can download their booklet ‘Preparing Your Child For Starting School’ (pdf).

This booklet has been written to help parents and carers know what to expect with children’s learning and development during the first five years of their lives, in relation to the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’.