Posts from the category: Starting School

5 Simple Lunch Box Ideas: Make Your Child’s School Lunch More Memorable

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I love to do things to surprise Immy when she opens her lunch box at school. Not big, time consuming things but little tokens of love that I hope will bring a smile to her face and remind her that I am thinking of her. Here are 5 simple techniques I use to make her lunch just a little more … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Get Organised for the First Day of School

10 ways to get organised for school

This post is by regular contributor Kate Fairlie of Picklebums. Every year for the past three years I have sworn I will be organised well before school starts... and every year I seem to take the whole of first term to find my feet and get my head around what’s needed. This year needs to be … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Settling Children into Child Care

tips for settling children into child care

This post is by regular contributor Kylie Gardner of Octavia and Vicky. Our daughter, Pebble, has been going to child care for two days a week since she was 18 months old. We've gone through the first transition of starting child care, and also the second transition of moving rooms as Pebble got … [Read more...]

Our School Holiday Survival Plan

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Schools around Australia are breaking up for our extended, summer vacation period. We have seven weeks of freedom from organised activities between now and school returning and we are planning to take full advantage of our time together with relaxed fun, lots of laughter and shared adventures. Here … [Read more...]

Our School Morning Routine

school morning routine

When Immy started kindy this year I felt it was important to develop a school morning routine that allows us to start our day with a minimum of fuss and a sense of calm. I feel this is important for both a smooth transition from home to school, and for my own sanity - having to nag your way through … [Read more...]

Lunch Box Ideas for Kids Who Don’t Like Sandwiches


I am not a big sandwich eater and as a result Immy and I tend to eat other lunch food choices at home. Starting kindy this year has put sandwiches back on the lunch menu (at least for Immy) but some days she asks for an alternative. Often the alternative is cold meat and salad but given that we have … [Read more...]

And I Cried.


We did it and survived. Immy started kindy. I cried. She was just fine. Despite my self doubt (if only we could lose the mummy guilt!) and a few moments when I wondered if she would actually go through with it - in the lead up to the big day most of her issues seemed to revolve around the … [Read more...]

Starting School: Books to Help Ease the Transition

books about starting school

The thought of starting school is very exciting for both child and family but for many children there is a fine line between excited and over-excited or anxious. I find using stories can be a positive, low stress way of introducing information about school to children. Some of the books we … [Read more...]