Starting or returning to school

We are fast approaching going back to school. For some it is a return after a long break due to COVID-19, for others it will be starting for the first time. Here are some links and booklists to help you navigate the start of the new term.

Useful Weblinks

BookTrust – 5 top tips to help your child return to school

UK Government – What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus COVID19 outbreak – Returning to school after lockdown

Royal College of Occupational Therapists – Preparing your child for returning to school

BBC – Starting School: parent’s stories

Wokingham Borough Council – Ready for school, ready for life

Book Suggestions for Adults

The starting school book: how to choose, prepare and settle your child at schoolSarah Ockwell-Smith
A parent’s survival guide to starting school: help your child sail through to big school!Kirstine Beeley
Top tips for starting schoolHelen Likierman and Valerie Muter
Starting schoolCaryn Jenner and Arthur Robins
Do I have to go to school? A first look at starting schoolPat Thomas; illustrated by Lesley Harker

Picture Books

When a dragon goes to schoolCaryl Hart; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Lulu’s first day; a starting pre-school storyAnna McQuinn; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Betsy goes to schoolHelen Stephens
The pigeon HAS to go to school!Mo Willems
A new school for CharlieCourtney Dicmas
Alfie at nursery schoolShirley Hughes
Prince George goes to schoolCaryl Hart, Laura Ellen Anderson
Mouse’s big dayLydia Monks
Whiffy Wilson the wolf who wouldn’t go to schoolCaryl Hart
Starting SchoolJanet and Allan Ahlberg
I am too absolutely small for schoolLauren Child