Starting School

8 things I've learned in the first term of school

Megan Blandford If you’re the parent of a kid who just started school this year, your life has probably changed in many ways over the past couple of months.

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First day of school

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Megan Blandford A mum’s experience of two first days of school.

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When awful school drop-offs can't be fixed

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VICTORIA BIRCH "It’s always been this way for me. From the early nursery days when I left an angry bundle of limbs with the carers, drop-offs have been a nightmare. My boy is an emotional kid and wears his angst on his sleeve."

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Ripping up the playground rule book delivers incredible results

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MICHAELA FOX Picture a school playground without rules. Surely conflict and bedlam would prevail. Or maybe not, as one Auckland Primary School has discovered.

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What to do if your child hates school

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Jodi Gibson “I don’t want to go to school!” It’s a common cry from children in households all over Australia at one time or another but it is the last thing you want to hear from your little one as they head off to school for the first time.

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How to decipher parental playground tribes

The rough-and-tumble of the playground.

Kath Kenny A hilariously handy guide to other parents you'll meet in the playground. Which tribe do you fall into?

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5 strategies to cope when starting school solo

Is your child starting school solo this year?

Donna Webeck It's estimated 300,000 children will experience their first day of "big school" this year, however the reality for some is that they will be starting school solo, without the security of a familiar face. My son is one.

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What to expect from the first year of school

What one mother wishes she knew when she sent her son off to 'big' school last year ...

Lisa Almond What one mother wishes she knew when she sent her son off to 'big' school last year.

Why I am glad my child plays alone

Why solo playground time is not always a bad thing ...

Patricia Tan When you learn your child has spent their lunch time at school alone in the playground your heart sinks. But Patrica Tan discovered it is not always bad news.

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Keeping back to school costs under control

Tips to ensure sending the kids back to school won't break the bank.

JUSTINE DAVIES Coming off the back of Christmas and the summer holidays, the costs of getting the kids back to school can be the financial equivalent of the last straw. Here is how to cut the costs.

Do girls really do better at same-sex schools?

Do girls benefit at school away from boys?

CAROLYN TATE While Carolyn Tate had always planned to send her two daughters to an all-girls school, she recently began to question her decision.

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Creating a homework space for your kids

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Create an organised space for your kids to make doing their homework a little more bearable.

Teach your kids to tie their shoelaces

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LIVIA GAMBLE Tying your shoe lace is something most us don’t have to take a second thought about, but for little fingers fastening their shoes can take a little time to master.

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Did school turn your sweet child into a tantrum-throwing nightmare?

When school turns your child into a mini monster ...

Tamara Heath The first year of school can be a trying time but for Tamara Heath her sweet-natured daughter had been exchanged for an extremely unpleasant one.

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Lunchbox slices, biscuits,cookies

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What can I bake for the kids school playlunch? Looking for a little sweet treat for after school snack? Here is a collection of yummy bickies, cookies, slices to pop into their lunchboxes.

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Lunchbox muffins

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Looking for lunchbox ideas? Here is our collection of tasty muffins that can be prepared ahead, frozen and ready to pop into the lunchbox each day. There is a flavour here that is sure to suit every kid.

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Lunchbox savory snacks and slices

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I need some savory ideas for the kids lunchbox. Here we have pulled together a list of recipes on Essential Kids that might make a great savory snack or lunch. Also a great idea for the after school snack if you are wishing to steer away from the sweet stuff.

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Victim of homophobic bullying making schools safer

“I firmly believe all children have a basic human right to be safe, happy and to learn in order to have a chance of fulfilling their true potential,” says Shaun.

BROOKE LUMSDEN Shaun Dellenty was a victim of homophobic bullying at school but now, as an educator himself, he is giving children like 15-year-old Lachlan, the courage to stand up for change.

2014 School Holiday Dates and School Term Dates

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2014 school holiday dates and school term dates for all Australian states on Essential Kids.

When your child's friends are bad news

What to do when you don't approve of your child's friend.

JO HARTLEY The age-old saying goes ‘You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family’. But when you are a child, does that rule still apply? Or is it the case that your family have the right to choose your friends?

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Students with disabilities are still being left out at mainstream schools

Exclusion is everywhere in Australian education.

Kathy Cologon Exclusion is everywhere in Australian education for disabled children even when they appear to be included they are still not given the opportunities and activities afforded to others.

When your last child starts school

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Nova Weetman The first day of school is a special milestone but when it is your last child it can be hard to let go and embrace the moment.

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Primary Preparation: Getting ready for big school

Help your child get excited, not anxious about big school.

Jennifer Morton Families all over the country are preparing for February when their five-year-old babies will reach another important milestone but how do you help smooth the transition?

Top books to read about starting school

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Staff Writers Great books for your little one who is heading off to preschool, kinder, fyos, prep. Track them down at your local book shop or library to help introduce the new experience of going to school with your little one.

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Is your child ready for school?

Is your child school ready?

Josefa Pete With schools already taking enrolments for 2014, some parents face the pivotal decision of whether to enrol, or hold their child back, from school.

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School of hard knocks

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Tony Featherstone Is it time for free public education to be means-tested?

Good start for gifted kinders

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COSIMA MARRINER One in six children starting school in NSW has the numeracy skills expected of a year 1 student, prompting the Education Department to develop a gifted and talented resource package for kindergarten teachers.

The start of class and the end of an era

First day of kindergarten school for 5 year old Tiarni Mara at Curtin Primary School

Hamish Boland-Rudder There may have been pre-school and orientation days for the children, but seemingly there is nothing that can prepare a parent for the separation of the first day of kindergarten.

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Dr. Joanna McMillan

Joanna's lunchbox tips

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DR JOANNA MCMILLAN With our kids back to school this week, you may be breathing a sigh of relief or missing their noise and chatter around the house. But one commonality I hear from all parents is stress over what on earth to put in their lunchboxes.

Delayed start not always a good idea

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COSIMA MARRINER Parents are increasingly delaying starting their children at school by a year, even though education experts warn holding a child back generally results in no long-term learning advantage.

Protect their back

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Staff writers You don’t have to look far to see a child being weighed down by their school bag and with another school year already begun now is the perfect time to ensure your child’s spine is being protected.

Sleep routine vital for new school year

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Lisa Salmon Whether it's your child's first time or one of many new school years, the key to getting kids ready for the first week back is sleep and preparation.

Keeping back-to-school costs down

Analaura & Wilson Luna Getting the kids ready to head back to the classroom can be a very expensive process and when you're inundated with 'back to school' ads and kids who want one of everything, it can be hard to know where to begin! Here are our five top tips to help parents as the countdown to the new school year starts.

Creating a homework haven

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KATIE CARLIN Homework. For decades the mere word has incited groans of annoyance from students and parents alike but it doesn’t have to be a chore. We asked child psychologist Jodie Benveniste for her tips on how to create a homework haven that will help kick off the new school year on the right foot.

Back to school tips

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We asked mums for their best tips on back to school or starting school - here is what they said.

Activities to try with your child before starting school

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Schools NSW Some helpful activities to do with your child before starting school to make school a little easier for them.

Starting school: the essential checklist

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Starting school this year? Avoid panic with this schedule based on tips from the super-organised mums at Momgenda.com.

School readiness: Points to consider

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AMBER ROBINSON With the new school year just around the corner many parents are wondering if they've made the right decision to enrol, or hold back, their child from school.

Catch phrases making kids run

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LINDA MORRIS A leading scholar says traditional learn-to-read books make children switch off.

Ten reasons why your child is bed wetting

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ADVERTORIAL Here are ten of the reasons why your child is wetting the bed and how you can help them stop they cycle.

How does bed wetting affect your child's self esteem

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ADVERTORIAL What is Bed Wetting and How Does it Affect Your Child’s Self Esteem

Finding the right school is all about asking the right questions

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Thomasin Litchfield Are you facing the dilemma of where to send your child to school? Thomasin Litchfield has the questions every parent should ask before they decide.

Community building

Working parents go beyond the tuckshop

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Working parents aren't always able to contribute to school life in the traditional ways, but there are other avenues, writes Jane Southward.

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Designer sangers a lot of rot

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IT IS ''back to school'' time - the supermarkets are full of stationery, the shoe departments full of kids and glossy magazines full of ideas for school lunches.

Sun smart for school

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Staff Writers As children all around the country head back to school this week it is important to remember to make sun safety a top priority.

Munch crunch

Lunchtime crunch time

Lamb and vegie wrap with sweet chilli sauce.

Carolyn Boyd Follow these simple suggestions to give your child healthy eating habits for life.

Education expenses

Do your homework and save on back-to-school bills

Pencils.

Marcella Bidinost The new school year heralds a world of known and unknown costs. Over the course of the year, it pays to be budget smart.

Traumatic time

The summer break breakdown

Pencil graveyard.

Simon Webster Holidays may be tough but sending kids back to class can be a nightmare.

Eat up

Lighten up the lunchbox

Fill your child's lunch box with food they will enjoy eating.

Paula Goodyer Putting fewer packages in school lunchboxes does more than reduce waste; it could also make for a healthier lunch.

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Raising confident children

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Heidi Davoren How can you help your children adjust to a new school?

Mums ditch shops for online peace

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KATIE CARLIN Mums are ditching the shops this back-to-school season in favour of online shopping, according to a survey.

New kid on the block

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Francesca Newby It's not just children who face a big transition into school life. Here's how to get through the first year.

How to beat the first-day blues

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Ann-Maree Moodie It's your little one's first day of school. She's standing beside you at the school gate wearing a uniform that makes her look so grown up. Her backpack is almost as big as she is. A new era has begun.

Preparing kindergarten children for school

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Caroline Milburn A study's surprising findings may lead educators to rethink how they prepare children for school.

Off to school we go

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Carol Fallows Starting school can be a rather emotional time for everyone - some of those mums at the school gate even have a tear trickling down their cheeks.

Choosing a school

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Carol Fallows You may think you have plenty of time to decide what you are going to do about schooling, your little one may only be six months/one year/ a toddler. Think again. If you don’t already have your child’s name down at the school of your choice you may miss out. Carol Fallows has put together a checklist of things to consider when choosing a school for your child.

The first day of school

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Kylie Davis The most important lessons in preparing your child for school start years before they actually don their new uniform and pack their school bag for the first time.

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