Whether your child is starting primary school, pre-school or nursery this September, we've rounded up 10 of the best books and TV programmes to help them prepare
When your child is starting primary school, nursery or pre-school, they might be excited, scared, nervous or taking it all in their stride. However they are feeling, if you'd like to help prepare them for what's to come then books and TV programmes about school can be an excellent starting point.
Through watching and reading together, you can paint a picture about what school may look like and the type of daily routine they will have, as well as the different activities that will take place. Books and TV programmes about starting school allow them to familiarise themselves with the idea ahead of time, and are also a good prompt for them to ask any questions and for you to talk through the upcoming changes with them.
Here are ten of our favourite 10 brilliant books and TV programmes to read on starting school.
Topsy and Tim: The Topsy and Tim books and TV programme explores different experiences from the point of view of the school-age twins. In both the old and more modern versions of the books there are several stories related to starting school, and lots take place in the classroom setting. The book Topsy and Tim Start School follows the twins on their first day at their local primary school (more info here). There's also a Topsy and Tim Start School sticker book if your children like getting creative.
The Topsy and Tim TV series follows the twins as they finish pre-school and start school,with episodes from the teacher visit through to school shoe shopping and even the first day. Parents, we dare you not to watch without something in your eye. You can catch on CBeebies or BBC iPlayer.
Starting School sticker book: The Starting School Sticker Book is a fun way of familiarising children with school if they prefer a hands-on approach. The story follows a typical day at school, and the stickers are used to help the characters get dressed, eat lunch and get ready to go home. Buy it here.
Time for School: Available on CBeebies and also BBC iPlayer, Time for School is a mini-series exploring what starting school is like for reception-aged children. Each series follows several different reception classes and shows the type of things that happen in a typical day, from lunch to painting and PE.
Charlie and Lola, I am too absolutely small for school, Lauren Child: A book for siblings everywhere, Charlie and Lola books view the world thought the focus of children, as older brother Charlie decodes everything for his little sister Lola. This book sees them talking all about the emotions of starting school, as Charlie insists to a grumpily nervous Lola that it's not a scary place.
Starting School - Janet and Allan Ahlberg: If your children loved the classic children's book The Baby's Catalogue, then they will love Starting School. With detailed and funny drawings, the book paints a picture of a reception class in the first days of starting school right up to half term. More here.
Waffle The Wonder Dog: What better than everyone's favourite talking dog to help introduce children to the idea of school? The CBeebies series - which is sadly fictional - follows little sister Evie as she buys school shoes and has her very chaotic teacher visit. There's even an episode where Waffle follows Evie to school and sneaks into a PE lesson.
Peppa Pig: Everybody loves Peppa, and there are several episodes in the cartoon that deal with Peppa and George at playgroups and in nursery and classroom settings. The book George's First Day at Playgroup is a good one for younger children starting a new club or group, showing dinosaur-loving George Pig's first day.
Do you have any favourite books or TV programme on starting school or nursery? Make sure you also read our post on school uniform tips