Starting school or moving up to junior school

7/6/2021 1:49:55 PM

20. School Nursing Service

Starting School

This is an exciting adventure for a parent/carer and their child, but it can feel daunting and can be hard to know if your child is truly ready for this next step. For most it will be the first really big change they have to face. As a parent it is important that you talk about starting school in positive terms, as something exciting and enjoyable, even if your school days weren't exactly the best of your life.

Buckinghamshire Healthcare's Children and Young People's Service, including the School Readiness team, is able to help prepare your child to start school so that they (and you) can look forward to a healthy, happy school life right from the first day.  Further information is available here

School Readiness Team Support

The School Readiness Checklist may help to focus on where you can encourage your child's school readiness. Should you feel you require some further guidance from our School Readiness Team then you or the child's nursery / class teacher or other professional can refer your child directly to our School Readiness Team

For more details please contact the school nursing team by phone: 01296 567833 or by email:



It's important that vaccines are given on time for the best protection, but if you or your child missed a vaccine, contact your GP to catch up. Your child should be up-to-date with their childhood immunisations before starting school. If you are unsure about your child's immunisation history or what they are due contact your child's GP Surgery. 

**CORONAVIRUS UPDATE** Routine vaccinations for pre-school children are continuing as normal. It's important to go to your appointments unless you, your child or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus.

NHS - childhood vaccinations and when to have them

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Last updated: 6 July 2021

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