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  • In the weeks leading up to starting school, promote and encourage it ie. how fun it will be, all the wonderful things the child will learn, the friends they will make etc.


  • Being prepared! Don’t leave ANYTHING til the last minute with the thought ‘I can do that on the morning.’ Chances are you wont/can’t. Do as much as possible the night before. It all helps


  • Make sure that you do as much as you can the night before as it is generally chaos in the morning.


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  • starting school tip as ive just gone through it my eldest started school this year. my tip is to be excited and make a big deal out of it with them…my daughter basically ran off and left me at the school gates and couldn’t wait to get in and get started. Don’t show sad emotions as when kids see this that’s when they start getting clingy and crying too. the sense it from us…once settled into school routine is a massive thing that works well for us. come home, out of uniform, unpack school bag, wind down/playtime, tea, bath, reader and bed :)


  • Thank you for these useful tips


  • I think the best tip is to be excited for them and not show sadness etc. This way they can go off guilt free!


  • When children start their first year of school, don’t enrol them in any after school activities. They will be already tired from the day. Give them a term to settle in.


  • Set up a school routine/chart; homework times; chore times; bed times. Get the kids to learn the routine ahead of time.


  • Be prepared the night before is what has saved me many times


  • Do a couple practice runs! You’ll feel less stressed and more organized on the day


  • Just be prepared. Share as much information with your child as possible and involve them in everything… from choosing their bag and lunch box and drink bottle, to driving past the school, to meeting up with any classmates during the holidays, to trying to paint a picture of what a school day will look like. We start pre-planning, even as my son enters Year 9, a few weeks ago.


  • Prepare them a few days before by talking about the things they might do at school, making friends or catching up with them. Make sure they get enough sleep. Leave plenty of time in the morning for them to get ready.


  • Try not to stress out too much.


  • We have a shop in bundaberg called ASTAT and they are our 1 stop shop for all school supplies and there is never any hu ting around to find certain stuff coz its all the shop does is school stuff unlike the newsagents


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