Activities to prepare your child for primary school

Give your child a head start by practising the skills they will use in Kindergarten with them.

Image: Help your child transition into primary school by showing them what it will be like.

To try

  • Set up a play date for your child to play with a friend.
  • Check out the local library and let your child choose books to borrow.
  • Take a ball to a park to throw, catch and kick together.
  • Organise a picnic with a packed lunch and encourage your child to open it and eat the food by themselves.
  • Read Daisy's First Day (PDF 5650.96KB) together.

To practise

  • Putting on their school shoes and walking in them.
  • Dressing in their school uniform.
  • Writing alphabet letters.
  • Drinking from bubblers.
  • Cutting and pasting pictures from a magazine and drawing pictures.

Mini checklist: Getting ready for primary school

  • Write down the date your child will start school and keep it in your diary – or even on the fridge.
  • Make sure your child can use the toilet independently – including urinals for boys – and practise good hand-washing techniques.
  • Write your child’s name on all their school things and involve your child in organising them and recognising their name.
  • Make sure your child’s name is not visible on the outside of anything they’ll be wearing to and from school.

Next up ➜

Find out about Kindergarten orientation and transition programs to help your child experience school before it begins.

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