New ironed shirts and shiny new shoes can only point to one thing – it’s September and time to go back to school. For the little one it can be a nerve-racking time of year and for parents it can be stressful and straining. For those in need of support and guidance, we have compiled a number of back to school tips which can take the nerves out of the annual transition.

  • Get your kids back into work mode

Often children struggle at first to get back into the routine of ‘work mode’. Toby Salt, the CEO of Orminston Academies Trust, suggests that setting your children goals at the beginning of term can be a great way to put them in the right frame of mind. Additionally, engaging with their curriculum and asking them about their new teacher ensures that you appear invested in their new year.

  • Liven up their lunch boxes

For those of you who pack up lunches for your children, some more fun and exciting items can make your little ones feel more excited and reassured about their new year. Different types of bread give kids variety, whilst a personalised fruit yogurt combo can give them a healthy sweet fix and energise their afternoon.

  • Prepare a morning routine

Routine can quell the morning madness. Childcare expert Kristen Harding suggests that getting yourself ready first, preparing lunch boxes the night before and having breakfast ready can all be lifesaving ways of staying on-time and stress free.

  • Calm first day nerves

First day nerves are inevitable. Every child, parent and teacher across the country will go to bed the night before the first day with their mind racing and butterflies in their tummy. To ease this anxiety, talking actively about your child’s worries and familiarising yourself with the school day can really help.

  • Have a homework strategy

Being involved in your child’s homework can be a great way to encourage them with their studies and make them more proactive. A great book to help you support your child is ‘Maths for Mum and Dads’ by Rob Eastaway. It’s an excellent resource to help you understand how your child is being taught.

To find out more about this, take a look at Toby Salt’s book What Every Parent Needs to Know: How to help your child get the most out of primary school –