How To Survive Your Child’s First Day At School

  • July 17, 2018
How To Survive Your Child's First Day At School

I know, I know school isn’t quite finished yet – but I also know that if you have a child starting school in September that you’ll have been stressing for a while already. I think I was more nervous about Little H’s first day at school than she was!

You’ll worry whether they’ll cry, if they’ll make any friends, will they be brave enough to put their hand up and ask for help. It can be hard to know what to expect if it’s your first child, it’s probably been a long time since you were there yourself!

If you’re feeling nervous and emotional about their big day don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal.

Check out these tips on how to survive your child’s first day at school…

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Talk about school in advance

Prepare your little one by talking to them about school in advance so they can understand what school involves and ask any questions they might have.

There are lots of great books about starting school that you can read together over the summer to prepare your child for their first day.

Be prepared

You don’t want to be late on the first day. Make sure you’ve ironed and labelled all of the school uniforms well in advance and have set your alarm with plenty of time to spare.

The best labels we’ve found for uniform are from My Nametags,  your child can pick their own design and these things stay on forever!

Having an organised morning routine makes life a lot easier when you have to get kids out of the door on time, especially if you have to head on to work after the school run.

Get there early

Head off a bit early on the first day so you have plenty of time to park and aren’t rushing down to the school gates. You’ll be surprised at just how early some mums get to school to make sure they get a parking space right outside. You might want to park a bit further up the road and walk down to school together to give yourselves a bit of time for a chat before you have to say goodbye.

Don’t linger

Once the school gates are open, don’t linger. Get your child through the gate and to their classroom so they can take in their surroundings before it gets too busy. Hanging around will be harder for them in the long run, have a quick hug and kiss goodbye and leave them to it.

Keep busy

After you’ve dropped them off for their first day of school keep yourself busy until 3pm! If you’re at work then you’ll have no problem keeping yourself occupied but if not you might want to have something planned so you’re not staring at the clock.

If you have friends in the same boat why not get together with some fellow school mums and have lunch in peace.

Don’t Stress

Try not to spend all day worrying about your child. If there’s a problem the school will let you know, so go on the basis that no news is good news.

Expect no information

When you pick your little one up from school don’t expect them to tell you all about their day. This is the start of years of not having a clue what they do all day, no matter how many questions you ask.

Buy wine for afterwards!

By the time you’ve put your kids to bet you’ll be as exhausted as if it had been your first day at school. Make sure you have a bottle of wine int he fridge and have a glass or two happy in the knowledge that you’ve both survived the first day of school.


Do you have any tips to survive your child’s first day at school for other mums? If your child is starting school soon – good luck!


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  • Megan Crehan (@Megan_Crehan)

    I need this! My four year old stepson is off to school in September and as I WFH this will be incredibly useful at keeping the tears at bay and not staring at the clock like a lemon till they’re picked up!

  • Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    Aw, such a helpful post! We’re lucky in that Marianna’s playgroup and nursery are all on the same site as the school she’ll go to, so it won’t be *as* different – but I still know I’ll cry buckets when the time comes!

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time. 🙂

  • Madeline (This Glorious Life)

    I think talking about school and reading books about starting school is a great way to prepare little ones for their first day. We did it with my son and I’m sure it helped. x #KCACOLS

  • The Queen of Collage

    These sound like good tips to me #ablogginggoodtime

  • Virtually All Sorts (@AllSortsHere)

    Blimey yes, I remember our 8yo’s first day ever, ever ever! We didn’t hold hands, made sure she held her bookbag herself and off she went. She was fine. I cried in the car and there are several songs that take me right back to those first few days at school that I hear on the radio now! #kcacols

  • Jordan Hughes

    My little one is starting nursery in sept and I am stressing!
    But these tips help, especially the wine 😂

  • Shan Ellis

    Oh gosh I’ve got two off and one left to g! It’s hearbreaking! Great tips though. My biggest thing is remembering to take tissues I will cry! #KCACOLS

  • Tim

    For weeks after our normally extremely talkative oldest started school, the most we could get out of him when we asked him how his day had gone was “fine”. It’s a tiring time for them and it does take a while to adjust. But, in truth, I think kids worry less about starting at school than we do as parents because we know all the things that could go wrong (but rarely do). Having said that, all three of ours went through preschool, so they were well prepared for the routine of spending 6+ hours a day with lots of other kids in a structured environment. #KCACOLS


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