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17 things to know as your child starts primary school, from parents who’ve been there, done that, bought the lunchbox

From letting them carry their own bag to making a quick exit after drop-off, there are plenty of things parents can do to help ease kids’ nerves on the first day of big school 

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Emma Blain and her two children, Tilly (6) and Hunter (8), get ready for back to school. Photo: Damien Eagers

Emma Blain and her two children, Tilly (6) and Hunter (8), get ready for back to school. Photo: Damien Eagers

Psychotherapist Joanna Fortune. Photo: Firechild Photography

Psychotherapist Joanna Fortune. Photo: Firechild Photography

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Emma Blain and her two children, Tilly (6) and Hunter (8), get ready for back to school. Photo: Damien Eagers

‘I can’t believe you’re starting second class,” I gushed to my eight-year-old on the way to the park recently. “You said that last year about first class, Mum, are you going to say it every year?” she laughed.

Oh, how we’ve all chilled out. I still remember the first day of Junior Infants. All the anxious, hovering parents; our daughter, like many of the children, roaring crying. And then out of nowhere, her wonderful teacher, Tony, appeared at our side, gently talking to my daughter, “Let’s find your place”, and off she went, and luckily, we knew to scarper.


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