Your child’s first year at school: Getting off to a good start

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By the Australian Primary Principals Association and Early Childhood Australia

Written by experienced parenting experts Jenni Connor and Pam Linke, and endorsed by the Australian Primary Principals Association, this top-selling book is for parents with children starting school. It not only provides a wealth of practical ideas, but also deeper information based on research into young children’s learning. It explains what children will be learning and why, and how parents can help. Parents are the safe base from which children can move out to explore the world, to learn and grow and become socially confident, responsible young people. Families always have so many questions when their children are starting school. Your child’s first year at school: Getting off to a good start offers over 80 pages of practical and useful everyday advice to help parents and new students handle a year of changes and challenges.

To view a sample chapter of this book, click here.

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It was fabulous. The chapters were clear, concise and contain practical information. A perfect resource for new parents.’
– Felicity Molineux Primary school teacher and mother of three children, NSW.

It is simple to understand and extremely realistic. Very good suggestions, also. I have read many books and this has covered all topics that are important to parents and children starting school.’
– Lindsey Panizza, mother of two children, WA.

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Product Description

A smooth transition into school plays a vital role in setting children up to engage confidently with school learning and to achieve positive academic and social outcomes.

This guide for parents has been developed to help children feel relaxed about this new adventure in a child’s life. The beautifully designed resource is written by internationally recognised early childhood educators and has carried the endorsement of the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) for the past five years.

It is an easy-to-read book full of tips and practical advice including:

  • Building a child’s capacity for school
  • Learning through play
  • Dispositions for learning
  • The Australian Curriculum and early learning
  • Emotional wellbeing and social skills
  • English and literacy in the first years
  • Numeracy at home and at school
  • Understanding children’s behaviour
  • Working with your child’s school


Additional Information

Weight 0.38 kg
Dimensions 29.6 x 21 x 0.6 cm





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