It’s a big step for parents/carers and children when moving into a Primary School setting. Learning about what to expect and the admissions process is an important part of that step. Useful websites for information are:
Your child will become more independent when they start school, but family relationships are still the biggest influence on their development. They will continue to need your love and attention. Aim to make time to connect with your child on the way home from school, or while preparing the evening meal or maybe as part of the evening wind down routine.
Giving your time to the school Parent Teacher Association, after school clubs or teacher support can be hugely rewarding. Not only can you be involved in some of the decision making at your child's school but you can be involved in your child's education. Ask at the school reception for information or look at for requests via the newsletters.
Children will get regular exercise in schooltime but often have lots of energy to burn at home. This is a good age to think about swimming lessons not only for fun and exercise but also as a lifesaving skill.
There are so many fun things to do with children that connect them to the outside world and nature. The National Trust has a list of 50 ideas to do with your kids before they start secondary school. There’s outdoor activities to do all year round, from watching the sunset to creating some wild art. Many can be done at home and in your garden.