The first day of reception versus the first day of every other year

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The gushing social media posts, the tears as you wait at the gates – your child's first day of school is an emotional rollercoaster. By the time you get to year one, the magic’s worn off a bit…

The first day of reception: Children are well-prepared thanks to a summer of educational activities

homework

The first day of every other year: Summer projects hastily done the night before

homework

The first day of reception: Everything labelled, hands bleeding from stitching 100 name tags on socks

uniform in reception

The first day of every other year: Sharpies. Sharpies everywhere

uniform in every other year

The first day of reception: Brand new uniform, all neatly laid out

Uniform in reception

The first day of every other year: “MUM! WHERE ARE MY TROUSERS?”

Uniform every other year

The first day of reception: Well-groomed child eats a delicious, nutritious breakfast

Breakfast every other year

The first day of every other year: Bedraggled child scoffs Nutella as you push them out of the door

Breakfast in reception

The first day of reception: <cries profusely at the gates, takes 1000 photos>

First day in reception

The first day of every other year: “K bye”

First day every other year