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Puddle Ducks SW London's Top Tips for Starting School!

If your little one is starting school for the first time this September, we understand what an emotional and often stressful time the weeks before the first day can be.

It feels like there is so much to remember to do – buy their uniform, fill in all the right forms, join the class Facebook group - all whilst getting yourself emotionally ready too!!  To help you out a little bit, we thought we would put together some advice that might help you in the weeks leading up to the big day.

We really hope this helps and we hope your little one settles in well.  Good luck!!

Our Top Tips!

  • 1. Talk positively about school in the weeks leading up to start of term and the exciting things they might get up to. It’s also a good idea to explain that they will go Monday to Friday and what meals they will have there (the important stuff for most 4 and 5 year olds!)

  • 2. Don’t worry about what they can and can’t do academically – at this stage, it’s more important that they can go to the toilet and get their coats and shoes on by themselves than reading and writing!

  • 3. Make a list of everything you need to do and buy before the big day. Check things off as you get them organised – it’s probably a good idea a week before to make sure you have most things sorted so you don’t have a last minute panic the night before!

  • 4. Go shopping together for their school uniform and other items – tell them how smart they look when they try on their uniform so they get excited about wearing it again.

  • 5. If your child can’t tie shoe laces (and let’s face it, most can’t at this age!), then buy them shoes with Velcro fasteners – the teachers will appreciate this!

  • 6. Label everything!!! You don’t have to buy expensive labels, a sharpie pen will do.

  • 7. Take a picture of them at home all ready in their uniform on the first day. It is something you’ll want to record and remember in years to come.

  • 8. On the first day, leave in plenty of time so you can have a nice, relaxed journey together and you’re not rushing.

  • 9. We know it might be tough but try to not cry when you say goodbye! Wave them off with a cheery smile!

  • Contact us today to talk about Swim Academy South West London classes for your little one. 

    Suitable for primary-school aged children aged 4 to 10 years old in pools in Walton-on-Thames, Southfields and Hounslow.

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