Starting school tips for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (& all new school parents!)

With Prince George due to start school today, we have ten tips for starting school for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and all new school parents

September is the month where children go back-to-school, and joining the ranks of children up and down the country is none other than Prince George, who'll don his uniform for the first time as he starts his new school in London.

To the uninitiated - even members of the Royal Family - starting school can seem daunting, with a whole new load of unknown experiences and so much new information to remember and process (What time is pick-up? When is the PE kit needed? What day is Victorian dress-up day again?!)

So what advice would we give Kate and William, and all new school parents with children starting reception this year? Here are ten tips for starting school to bear in mind, from parents who've been there and got the uniform:


Get there for drop off and pick up either really early or a fraction late (if you're driving). If you get there bang on time you will never get a parking spot. No-one needs that amount of stress first thing in the morning. Mel, Mel Wiggins

For the first week or so write yourself a note of all the things you need to remember each morning - books, bag, water bottle, reply slips, PE kit and so on - and stick it on the fridge Gemma, HelloItsGemma

Find a nice pair of comfy-but-smart joggers you can basically pour yourself into every morning while you're still waking up. Make friends with a nice wooly hat which will hide any bed head. Get dressed properly when you get home from the school run. Kat, Kat got the Cream

Always take a snack on the post-school pick-up. Kids always seem to be *starving* after school so a snack for on the way home can help keep tantrums at bay.  Molly, Mother's Always Right and Roost

Don't push for conversation on the way home and be asking all about their day. They are WRECKED. Give them time to come around and they'll tell you on their own accord! Mel

My tip would be for the first year (at least) don't get pushed into signing them up for after school activities. They are still so young and I think you lose sight of that in all the change. I found my youngest was falling asleep when she got back from school she was so tired. Amanda, Ana Mum Diary

Try and get into an after-school routine. Snack ready for when you get home, the uniform off, reading and homework done and a bit of a chill before tea time. Then I always say that the hours between 6-7 are a free for all in our house. It's when TVs and tablets were made for! Bryony, The Breton Mama

I stuff my kids full of carrots and cucumber when they get home while in front of the TV: they're so famished they'll eat anything. Five a day win! Alice, More than Toast

Always check the book bag after school, for notes and letters, as many schools use this as their main form of communication and buy one of those big wall planners so you can immediately add stuff to - there's SO much information to take in, and it's really easy to drop the ball and feel utterly useless in the process. Alison, Not Another Mummy Blog. Read her fab post on everything she's learned about being a school mum

Only ever donate shop bought cakes. They just get chucked on one table anyway, so no one ever really knows who made them. Jo, Slummy Single Mummy

You don't have to go out and buy (or make) fancy dressing up outfits for 'Spanish day' 'Wear red day' 'Be your favourite sportsperson day' and more. Rummage through the dressing up bag and let your child create something themselves! Jen, Love Chic Living

And the last of our tips for starting school is never underestimate how tired and hungry school makes them! Give them a big breakfast, pick them up with a snack and although they'll probably be hyper after the first day (at least) try and get them into bed at a reasonable time. Gill, A Baby on Board

Good luck to Prince George and all the other new school starters (and parents!) this month. What are your best tips for starting school? Make sure you calm your nerves by reading our post on what you don't have to worry about when it comes to school and how to chase away the after-school blues

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