The start of school can be an exciting yet daunting time for everyone. As parents, it’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed when your child starts school, whether that’s related to an overload of information or concerns about how your little one will manage their day. I am sure you have a lot of questions and thoughts flying around in your head about your child starting school. Will they be able to cope with the full days? Will they eat any lunch? Will they find the loos in time? How long will it take for the teacher to really know my child? Will they be able to share, make friends, stand up for themselves? Will they thrive or just about cope? Let’s not even start with the academics. I can assure you that all of the questions above are completely normal. Over the years I have seen lots of children and parents go through this transition and every experience is completely unique. One thing I can guarantee is at the start of the new year there will always be children that practically run into the classroom, some that need a gentle nudge and there will be others that will need to be gently unclipped from their trusted adult. It’s safe to say you never really know how it’s going to go– even the most confident, “social butterflies” can struggle to settle into life in Reception.
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