Your Child’s First Year at School

Your Child’s First Year at School: Getting off to a good start

Your Child’s First Year at School: Getting Off to a Good Start has proved invaluable for parents, teachers and principals who want those children beginning school to get the best possible start.

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.

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.


Introduction / Getting ready for school / Starting school / Learning and development / ‘Curriculum’ in the first year / Emotional wellbeing and social skills / Learning literacy / Learning numeracy / You and your child / Working with your child’s school / Keeping in touch / Contacts and information

View the Introduction and Chapter 1 – Getting ready for school sampler from the book – 1,684Kb pdf.


Download a brochure containing testimonials, a foreword by former APPA President Norm Hart, the table of contents, sample pages and an order form – 1,342Kb pdf.

Order the book online from the Early Childhood Australia website. A special price of $12.95 per copy is available for Principals.