Top things new entrant teachers want parents to know:
Don't hover. Helping your child unpack and pack up his school things is not helpful. He needs to learn to do things for himself as soon as possible.
Teachers are trained to know how to deal with clingy children. Lingering at the classroom door will only make things worse.
If your child can't yet tie his own laces buy shoes with Velcro fastenings.
Help prevent nits by tying long hair back and teaching kids not to share hairbrushes or hats. Spray water mixed with a few drops of teatree oil around the ears and neckline every morning as this is a great deterrent.
Check inside your child's school bag every day - important school notices can be buried deep inside.
All special toys should stay at home.
All clothing should be labeled, including shoes and swimming togs.
Are you ready? There are many things you can do to prepare your child for school:
Go shopping with her a week or two before for clothing, a pencil case, drink bottle etc so she feels involved and excited about starting school.
Do a trial run a few days before, practising getting dressed, packing her bag and opening her lunch box.
Make sure your child knows where you will pick her up in the afternoon.
Pack a change of clothes and spare undies in the school bag.
Warn your child about school bells or sirens so she won't get alarmed.
Expect a few tears - listen and remind her of all the other new things she's done that have turned out well.