Brabyns’ Guide to Preparing Your Child For Reception

Posted: 19th March 2024

Preparing Your Child for Reception: A Parent’s Guide

Starting reception is a significant milestone in a child’s life which can evoke a mixture of excitement and nervousness. However, with careful preparation and support, this transition can be smooth and enjoyable for everyone involved. Here are some practical things you can do at home to prepare your child for the beginning of their school journey in reception.

Establishing a Routine

One of the key elements in preparing your child for reception is establishing a consistent daily routine. This includes regular wake-up times, meal times, and bedtime routines. By having a structured schedule in place, children can feel more secure and prepared for the routines they will encounter at school.

Encouraging Independence


Reception is a time when children begin to develop their independence. Encourage your child to practise simple tasks on their own, such as:

  • Dressing themselves, including putting on coats and shoes
  • Using the bathroom independently
  • Tidying up after themselves
  • Using a knife and fork

Building these skills will help your child feel more confident and capable when they start school.

Fostering Social Skills

Social interaction is a crucial element of a child’s experience in reception. Help your child develop their social skills by arranging playdates with other children, encouraging sharing and taking turns, and discussing the importance of kindness and empathy. These interactions will prepare your child for building positive relationships with their peers and teachers at school.

Introducing School Concepts

Familiarise your child with basic school concepts to ease their transition into reception. This can include talking about the school day routine, such as assembly, circle time, and playtime. Additionally, read books about starting school and engage in pretend play where your child takes on the role of a student or teacher.

Here are some book ideas:

  • First Day at Bug School by Sam Lloyd
  • Jellybean Goes to School by Margaret Roc
  • My First Day by Leilani Sparrow

Visit the School

Arrange a visit to the school before your child starts reception, if possible. This can help familiarise them with the environment and alleviate any anxiety they may have about the unknown. 

At Brabyns we are opening our doors on Friday 19 April for parents and children to join us and experience life in Reception; with ‘Zog’ themed activities to enjoy!


Talk about school

Mention the topic of school in everyday conversation. Ask your child how they feel about starting school and encourage them to talk about things they are looking forward to and things they may be worried about. Maintain a positive attitude when discussing school with your child. Emphasise the exciting opportunities and fun experiences they will have, rather than focusing on any anxieties or worries. 


Discover Reception at Brabyns Preparatory School

Book a place at our Reception open event to find out more.

Friday 19 April 2024 10:30am – 12pm

Categories: Reception