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The start of a new school term is always exciting - but when it's the transition into "big school" - a child's very first school term, it can feel a little daunting.

Whether you're a parent, grandparent or family member with child who is about to start at school, we know that it can feel like a very big step.

To help you with that step, we have assembled a panel of professionals with early years knowledge and experience to answer any questions you may have or signpost you to areas for further support.

When you visit the website at the bottom of the page will be a box where you can type in any question to us you might have. When asking the question, you need to pop in your email address (which won't be shown to anybody), and make a username (which can be anything you are comfortable being known by online).

The panel will review the questions twice a week and respond by publishing the question asked and the response, or contact you as an individual to respond, if your question is more personal. We aim to respond to your questions within three working days.

The two-week Question and Answer panel will run from 21st July to the 5th August 2020

Generally, being ready to learn at school means

  • having strong social skills
  • can cope emotionally with being separated from their parents or carers
  • are relatively independent in their own personal care
  • have a curiosity about the world and a desire to learn.

Coventry Health visiting colleagues have produced this leaflet to give you some ideas about what to focus on over the summer.

The professional panel answering your questions includes:

School Nurses
Health Visitors
Early Years specialists with teaching and special education needs qualifications
Family Support and Family Hub Workers
If you have any specific questions in relation to the availability of Early Years provision for children under 5 please contact the Early Years Team on

You can also contact your child’s new school with any specific questions related to the School and its organisation.

Who to contact

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