With the summer holidays well and truly over for another year, it’s time for children to get back into the swing of things at school. Whether it’s the first year your children will be attending school or you’ve already done this time and time before, we’ve put together some top tips to help parents get through the tough first day.

Prepare Together

Ease your child into the thought of going back to school every day by preparing together. Ask your child to do some timetables or spell out some words, pack their lunch with them and get their uniform ready together. Your child is more likely to be confident and calm about going back to school every day if you appear relaxed about it too.

Make Goodbyes Quick

When dropping your children off at school, make the goodbyes short and sweet. Don’t linger around the classroom as children will quickly get used to you being there. Keeping goodbyes quick will mean your child feels your confidence in leaving them, rather than hesitating to go. If you’re finding it difficult to hide your emotions as your child goes back to school, have a cry if needed, but do it in private.

Don’t Underestimate Teachers & Friends

Teachers have an important role to play, and they’re very good at what they do. Teachers will get to know your child as friends, which in turn will have a positive effect on how they feel outside of the immediate family. Young children make friends quickly, and if it’s not your child’s first year at school, familiar faces will help them ease back in as soon as possible.

Focus on the Positives

Young children who are going back to school or starting school are going to feel anxious and vulnerable, but it is an important step in their development. Remind your child of their strengths, talents and anything they have achieved at school- even if this is getting through their first day. Remember the weekend is always just around the corner!


The end of the summer holidays means it is time for some serious relaxation. Summer holidays are often a busy period for any parent, so make the most of it until the half term in October quickly comes back around.

Working with children and helping them settle into school can be a rewarding and worthwhile career. If this is something you’re interested in, we can help. Here at The Academy, we have a range of qualifications available for those who want to work with children.

For more information, feel free to contact a member of the team by visiting our contact page or calling us on 0300 300 8131.