Tips for helping kids have an enjoyable first day at school

Starting school is an exciting time. It’s a big step for children and while it can be a little daunting, your child’s teacher and school are there to help. 

There are some things that you can do to help your child have a successful and enjoyable first day at school:

  • Spend time talking to your child about their first day of school; what to expect, making new friends and who they can ask for help.
  • Begin the day with a nutritious breakfast and pack a healthy lunch.
  • Arrive at school with plenty of time to settle in and take cues from your child’s teacher about when it is time to leave.
  • Make sure your child knows the pickup arrangements such as going to after school care or who is collecting them.

Term 1 for all Canberra Public Schools starts on Monday 30 January for new students and Tuesday 31 January for continuing students.

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