By the time a child joins a reception class, many children will have already attended nursery or preschool and may be familiar with some of the social aspects of being with other children, e.g. sharing mealtimes, taking turns and communicating with peers. However, some children may have limited experiences of interacting with other children and/or adults and may find that settling into school takes a little longer. If you’re concerned, ask for some advice.

All children over the age of three are entitled to up to 15hrs of funded nursery placement. To apply for this, enquire at your chosen nursery or preschool. Some child-minders also offer funded places.