Preparing for ‘Big School’

Starting Primary School, or ‘Big School’, is a significant milestone in both your child’s and your own life.

Preparing your child for the start of primary school will help them feel more confident about the big changes that are about to happen and what to expect at their new school.

In preparation for this important chapter, you can help your child to develop a love for learning so the move is a happy and positive one.

From the year before until the day they start school, there are a range of ways you can prepare your child for their new environment.

The year before school

In the year before your child starts primary school, you can begin to focus on different aspects of school life. Having discussions about school and encouraging your child to become more independent can help them better adjust to the new learning environment.

Things that you can do to help your child prepare include

Over the summer holidays

With school just around the corner, the summer holidays are a good time to reinforce what your child should expect on their first day at school.

Some things you can do for your child to help them prepare include:

The Following documents can be downloaded for your own information

Your Child in the Primary School INTO Publication 2017

School Lunchbox Tips

Billis_NS_Junior Infants Presentation_June 2018

Going to Big School

Supporting your child’s learning at home

Your Childs learning in Junior and Senior Infants NCCA Publication

What do Junior Infants learn

Making Friends

Getting the Numbers Right

Going to Big School NPC Leaflet