Shortly after scrambling to get a place in a primary school, your next concern would be how your child will adjust to Primary 1.
This is a milestone in your child’s academic journey, and primary school will be the place he or she starts to build a foundation in learning and discover interests.
But transitioning from a pre-school environment, where play is the main mode of learning, to a formal classroom setting, can be challenging and overwhelming for six- and seven-year-olds.
Early childhood research has shown that children develop greater confidence and better social skills if they settle quickly into formal schooling.
Parents often confuse being ready for school with being academically capable in skills like reading and counting.
Instead of focusing solely on academic progress, it is more important to make learning an enjoyable process, and help your child have a swift and happier adjustment to primary school.
Here is a back-to-school guide for parents of new Primary 1 pupils.