Guide to starting school or moving up to junior school

Last updated: 13 September 2023

School nursing service

This is an exciting adventure for a parent or carer and their child, but it can feel daunting and can be hard to know if your child is truly ready for this next step.

For most it will be the first really big change they have to face. As a parent it's important that you talk about starting school in positive terms, as something exciting and enjoyable.

Our team works in partnership with children, young people, their families and other health and education professionals. We help prepare your child to start school so that they (and you) can look forward to a healthy, happy school life right from the first day.

View the Buckinghamshire healthcare information about school nursing.

Preparing for school

Before your child starts school, you should:

  • make sure your child’s vaccines are up to date
  • take your child for their regular dental check up
  • get your child’s eyes tested if you have concerns

NHS: childhood vaccinations and when to have them

School readiness team support

The School readiness checklist may help to focus on where you can encourage your child's school readiness. Should you feel you require some further guidance from our school readiness team then you, or the child's nursery/class teacher, or other professionals can refer your child directly to our school readiness team.

For more details, contact:

School nursing team
Telephone: 01296 838000 (option 5)
Email: [email protected]