Here Theresa Johnson, Professional Development Manager at PACEY, highlights the vital role that early years professionals play in preparing children for school…

Every September, thoughts turn to the start of a new school term and shoe shops and school outfitters are packed with parents in a last minute panic. Starting school is a big step for a small person and research that we carried out at PACEY a couple of years ago showed that almost three quarters (71%) of parents were anxious about their child starting school for the first time.