Starting school might feel like a big milestone for your child and for you. Even if your child has been used to nursery some children will find it hard to make the change.
Some children may find separating from parents and carers particularly hard, especially in the first few weeks. It is difficult to cope with when your child is upset. For most children this passes quite quickly once they become familiar with the people and routines of their new school.
Try not to show any worries you might have about your child starting school – they will take their lead from you. Remember children like to listen in to adult conversations too!
Talk To School
Let the school team know if your child struggles. They will help your child and can be around to support you both at that tricky times, like school drop off or pick up. They will have seen this before and be able to suggest ways to help.
If the anxiety carries on, gets worse and is affecting your child’s day to day life there is support available. Speak to your child's teacher or other school support staff. You can also contact Just One Number to speak to a member of the team.
Remember all children are different but if you are worried speak to your child's nursery, early years or school setting. They will be happy to talk to you about how best to support your child. If your child is not at nursery, or you are still worried, contact Just One Number to talk to a health professional for advice and support.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.
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