The Starting School Book by Sarah Ockwell-Smith

publication date: Jul 17, 2020
author/source: Anne Coates

The Starting School BookPublished by Piatkus, The Starting School Book by Sarah Ockwell-Smith is an excellent book for children who are about to start school.

With her reassuring tone and and practical, easy to follow narrative, the author guides parents to making this major milestone as painless and as enjoyable as possible.

Specific guidance includes:

  • Starting school ages, policies and procedures 
  • How to decide the best starting age for a summer-born child 
  • What to look for when choosing a school and what questions to ask when you visit 
  • How to prepare your child emotionally and practically for starting school 
  • Common concerns including settling in, separation anxiety, friendship issues, school refusal and reconnecting with your child at the end of the day 
  • Understanding your own feelings about the transition and your role in the wider school community

With case studies and advice from parents who have been through it, and enlightening tips from teachers, The Starting School Book provides all the information you need to help your child have a positive, calm and happy school experience.

For a quick guide check out my top tips on Preparing your child for school


PWT rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 

The Starting School Book: How to choose, prepare for and settle your child at school is published by Piatkus and is available from bookshops and Amazon.