Here are 8 tips for parents to help get your child ready for their first day at school

Is your child ready for their first day at school in September?

Wednesday, 7th August 2019, 11:43 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th August 2019, 12:43 pm
Here are 8 tips for parents to help get your child ready for their first day at school

If not, don't worry, Merle Davies, director of the Centre for Early Child Development in Blackpool, has put together this helpful list to help get both you and your child ready.

This includes, uniform, PE kit, and shoes and socks.You can practice buttons and zips while giving lots of positive praise for trying. Also give extra attention to putting shoes on he right feet.
Make sure everything is labelled with their name, iron labels are ideal for this and can help prevent lost items.

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Once they start school, children will need to sit still and listen for longer periods of time than they are used to.
Parents can help their child by sitting down and sharing a book every day, and talking about the pictures.
Its important that children learn to, and be confident enough, to ask for help.Try to encourage your child to have a go at things and tell them that its ok to ask for help.
School is a time where children will have to try different foods and tools. School dinners are often one of the things parents worry about most, and its a good time to introduce new foods in the run up to school.
You can also show your child how to use a knife and fork and praise them for good table manners.
School might be the first time that your child is expected to use the toilet on their own, so now is a great time to talk to them about this.Practise washing and drying hands, as well as wiping themselves.