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12 tips about - First day at school

12 tips about - First day at school

1. Have you Confirmed the child's place at school?

This is particularly important for those starting at a private or independant school. To avoid disappointment on arrival, check that a place has been accepted for your child.

2. Have confirmed the correct start date?

Check the correct day that your child's school will be starting. Not all schools start on the same day so be sure that you do not rely on dates from siblings or cousins.

3. Have you filled out all medical forms?

Schools need to know about any medical conditions/medication required for your child. Be sure to enquire if the school does not request information.

4. Have you prepared spare medication to be handed to school?

If your child needs medication regularly or in an emergency e.g. an inhaler, you should provide a spare to the school to keep on site.

5. Have you checked any uniform/dress requirements?

Check that you know the correct school uniform or dress requirements before the first day of school.

6. Have you acquired all clothes and checked that they fit?

Purchase school uniforms as required and check beforehand that everything fits correctly.

7. Have you acquired all necessary school supplies?

Make sure you have all stationery and supplies you might need including calculators, mathematics sets, pens, pencils, bags.

8. Have you set / purchased alarm clocks for kids or parents?

Consider purchasing or setting alarm clocks for parents and childrne where required.

9. Have you completed shopping for lunch where necessary?

Decide what provisions you want for lunches, if packed lunches are required be sure to finish shopping before the big day/

10. Have you made sure someone is available to pick your child up from school?

make sure someone is available and knows they will be picking up children from school on the first day. It is easy to forget about appointments.

11. Have you planned the route to school?

Particularly for new schools, the route to school can be unexpectedly longer than anticipated unless planned carefully in advance. To avoid a late first day, plan in advance.

12. Have you made sure the children have had a good night sleep?

A good night's sleep is essential for a good days learning. To make sure your child is at his/her best in the morning, ensure they have an appropriate bedtime and that they stick to it the night before school.

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