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The Department of Education wants all children and their families to have the best possible start to the school year.  There are things that you can do to make sure your child is as prepared as possible for their first day of school.

Early on:

  • Attend school orientation
  • Ensure your child’s immunisations are up to date 
  • Have your child’s hearing and eyesight checked
  • If your child has an allergy, medical condition, takes medication or has any additional support needs, inform the school as early as possible and make an appointment to see the principal
  • Think about how your child will be getting to school
  • Practise walking or travelling to school
  • Organise out of school hours care

Some things you might need to buy

  • School uniform (summer, winter, sports)
  • Hat (usually part of school uniform)
  • School shoes, socks and running shoes (try velcro straps if your child can’t tie laces)
  • Backpack
  • Lunch box (have your child choose one they can open)
  • Water bottle
  • Raincoat
  • Paint shirt (an old t-shirt will do)
  • Library bag

Over the holidays

  • Get organised at home
  • Write your child’s name on everything
  • Make sure you have the school’s phone number
  • If you have a son, make sure he knows how to use a urinal

The night before

  • Lay out your child’s clothes, shoes and socks
  • Make your child’s recess and lunch and pop it in the fridge
  • Help your child pack their school bag
  • Pack a spare set of clothes in a plastic bag in case of accidents

The first day

  • Be confident with your child about the first day
  • Let your child dress themselves as much as possible
  • Tie back or plait long hair
  • Apply sunscreen and take a hat
  • Take photos!
  • Pick up your child on time

Where can I get more information?


Download the Print version of brochure

 Dealing with issues and concerns in Tasmanian Government Schools

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