Back to school! All you need to know


It's always easy telling where we are in our calendar year just by one visit to the shops. It's all Back to school everything - making it that much harder to deny the reality that the festive season is winding down. 

But denial will not delay the inevitable start to the school year which officially begins 15 January

As always Parent24 has got you covered and here we provide a comprehensive list of articles you can read as you prepare your child for another successful year ahead. 

Mental prep for you and your child

5 tips to get back to school ready

Here’s what you really need to make a smooth start to the year.

From one Grade 1 parent to another

Advice from parents who've been through the motions of starting Big School.

Back to school blues: how to help your child with shyness 

Here's how you can help your shy child adjust to their new environment.

Here’s what teachers look for when kids start school 

Turns out teachers don’t care about a child’s academic skills as much as they do about their behaviour. Here’s what they look for when kids start school.

How to cope with repeating a grade

Repeating a grade can feel like a slap in the face, but it’s really not the end of the world.

Starting Grade 1

The 3Rs of Grade 1 for new parents. Pretty useful for other parents too! 

Day-to-day practicalities 

Back-to-school budgeting

There’s no way of avoiding some back-to-school expenses, a little planning and preparation will help to limit some of the financial stress.

Beautiful lunchbox ideas (that don't require cold cuts)

It's that time of the year again, here are some healthy lunchbox ideas sans cold meats to get you into the swing of things as the kids head back to school.

Tips for a good school backpack 

A physiotherapist tells you what to look out for when choosing a good backpack. 

Must-have on-the-go snacks 

Quick, healthy and yummy snacks to keep the kids happy when you're out and about.

10 things you need to ask about your child’s after-school care 

Because aftercare shouldn’t be an afterthought. 

Get organised for the year

We've made free monthly printables for 2020, a basic weekly scheduler, and a school holiday calendar for 2020 to help you organise your family's life. 

PRINTABLE: School morning checklist 

Print our helpful little checklist to ensure some sweeter school mornings. 

Basic weekly schedule printable

2020 school holiday calendar

Check out our Back to school hub for more.

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