The big day

The first day of Kindergarten is a big event in your child’s life – and that of your entire family. To help you make the most of the day and enjoy the experience, here's a handy checklist to help you prepare.

Image: The big day is almost here. Help your child feel prepared and excited with these helpful checklists.

Mini checklist: Getting ready for primary school

  • Write down the date your child will start school and keep it in your diary – or even on the fridge.
  • Make sure your child can use the toilet independently – including urinals for boys – and practise good hand-washing techniques.
  • Write your child’s name on all their school things and involve your child in organising them and recognising their name.
  • Make sure your child’s name is not visible on the outside of anything they’ll be wearing to and from school.
  • Help your child prepare at home by practising some of the skills they'll use at school.

The night before

  • Lay out your child's clothes, shoes and socks.
  • Make your child's morning tea and lunch and pop it in the fridge.
  • Help your child pack their school bag.
  • Pack a spare pair of underpants, socks and a change of clothes. Let your child know these are there in case they have any toilet accidents at school.

On the day

  • Be confident with your child and let them dress themselves as much as possible.
  • Tie back or plait long hair.
  • Apply sunscreen and take a hat.
  • Don't forget to take photos.
  • Pick your child up on time.

Next up ➜

Get advice from one of our Kindergarten teachers to learn other ways you can prepare your child for the first day and week.

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