Children in Scotland usually start primary school in the August term after their fifth birthday. This generally means that children start school when they are aged between four-and-a-half and five-and-a-half.
Primary teachers work closely with early learning and childcare staff to ensure that information about your child's learning and achievements is passed on. Staff will also share other information that will help the teacher support your child's learning, for example friendship groups, preferred ways of working.
To help prepare your child for a good start you can:
listen and talk to your child about this change in their lives
involve your child in getting ready for school by helping choose the things they will need, for example their uniform, lunchbox, schoolbag
talk to your school if you have questions or concerns
support staff in getting to know your child, let them know about interests and health issues
keep in touch with the school about anything that may affect your child's learning
You may wish to read or download Parenting across Scotland's top ten tips - starting primary school.
Attend induction events or introductory sessions - they are designed to let you and your child meet teachers and become familiar with the school. If you cannot attend an event, contact the school and ask if you can go along at another time.
Go prepared with a set of questions covering all the things you and your child want to know about.
All schools in Scotland that are managed by a local authority produce an annual School Handbook. This gives you information about the school, including:
Find information on your child's school/local schools in the Find a school section of this website.
For further information, contact your local authority.
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