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Tips for starting nursery/pre-school

Starting nursery or pre-school is a big milestone for parents and their little ones. It marks the beginning of a new journey filled with growth, learning, and social development. While this transition can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, with a little preparation and guidance, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable start. Here are five tips to help you and your little one go through this adventure smoothly:

Visit the school beforehand

Take the time to visit the nursery or pre-school with your child before the first day. Allow them to explore the environment, meet teachers, play with the other kids and if possible, you can speak to other parents around. This pre-visit will help ease anxiety and create a sense of familiarity.

Establish a routine

Children thrive on routines. Before starting nursery, establish a daily schedule that includes consistent waking up, eating, and nap times. A familiar routine will provide your little one with a sense of stability and security, making the transition to school smoother.


Help your child’s independence by encouraging them to do things on their own, like dressing themselves, using the loo, and packing their bag. These small acts of independence will boost their confidence and make them feel more capable at school.

Create excitement

Share your excitement about their new chapter. Speak positively about the nursery, teachers, and new friends. Your enthusiasm will be contagious, reassuring your child that this is an exciting step in their life.

Practice social skills

Socialising is a key aspect of pre-school. Engage in playdates with other children their age to help develop essential social skills like sharing, taking turns, and communicating well.

Mum tip

Keep their fave toy in the car ride to the school. They’ll be preoccupied with it and feel calmer!

That’s all we have for now! We hope you’re excited for your little one’s new chapter.

Team Mum & You xx

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