Top 10 tips for starting primary school

Starting school tips for parents and carers of children starting primary school.

Record immunisation status

Provide information about your child's immunisation status. Your child will be coming into contact with lots of other children, and infections can spread easily.

You need to present immunisation records for Kindergarten enrolment. Under the Public Health (Amendment) Act 1992, children who have not been immunised may be sent home during an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease.

Learn names

Learn the names of the important people at the school. This will help you communicate with your child about what they do each day at school.

It is also important that you have a relationship with your child's teacher and principal to ensure you are up to date with your child's progress.

Share information

Give all information about your child to the school – especially medical and special needs. You know your child best. Your child's kindergarten teacher will have many students to get to know.

Help the teacher understand your child better and faster by sharing information and insights. This will also ensure that your child gets any essential attention.

Provide emergency contacts

Provide emergency contact numbers. The school might need to contact you urgently. Provide alternative numbers and contacts in case the school is unable to contact you.

Share your family situation

Make the school aware of any special family circumstances. Any changes to your child's family situation can affect heir emotional and academic wellbeing.

Inform your child's teacher and principal about any changed circumstances so they can support your child if necessary. Examples of special circumstances include the birth of a sibling, divorce or the death of a loved one.

Establish routines

Establish routines with your child and stick to them. Prepare your child for a more structured day. Make a daily routine that includes mealtime, talking time, and reading time.

Travelling safely to and from school

How you choose to get your child to and from school is a parent responsibility however your child’s school wants this to happen safely every day of the year.

Pick the safest way to school and practice travelling the route with your child, talking about how to be a safe road user.

Be a positive role model for your child by:

  • always holding your child’s hand when walking on the footpath, in the car park and when crossing the road – until they are at least 8 years old.
  • choosing the safest place to cross the road. Where possible use pedestrian crossings and traffic lights even if this means walking further.
  • ensuring your child uses a booster seat, until they are seven years old or taller than 145cm. It’s the law.
  • using the safety door when getting them in and out of the car
  • following the road rules, and parking legally even if this means parking further away and walking the rest of the way to school

Learn more ways of safely travelling to and from school with your child.

Know your school

Become familiar with school activities – develop a relationship with the school. Parents and carers set an example. If you are positive and encouraging about school, your child is more likely to be positive too.

Both the students and teachers will appreciate your involvement and assistance in activities including sports, excursions, music practice and drama presentations.

Enforce 'stranger danger'

Educate your child about 'stranger danger'. Teach your child not to talk to strangers. They should not accept gifts or lifts from someone that they do not know.

Label everything

Label equipment and clothing. Replacing lost clothing and equipment is expensive and inconvenient. You should clearly mark every item with your child's name.

Make sure their name isn't visible from the outside of their bag while they're travelling to and from school, though.

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