Education advice from nursery to secondary school

Each new stage of your child's education feels like a huge step – from first day at nursery to final exams. And you'll be there to stress support your child through it all.

From tears at the school gates to packing lunches and helping with homework – find all you need to know on getting them from preschool through to higher education.


Back to school

Preparing for the first day of school? Whether you’re new to the juggling act, moving schools, or an old timer looking to pull your socks up, we've got it covered.


student and tutor

Thinking of getting a tutor for your child? Take a look at our advice on how to choose one and getting the most out of the sessions.

Get info on schools in your area

Have children starting primary, junior or secondary school next September? Before you tackle the application process, find out more about the schools in your area in our Local listings.

Home education

Girl on a computer

For most children, mainstream school works well – they get a rounded education and the social skills they’ll need as they go out into the world. But if things really aren’t working out for your child at secondary school, don’t panic – there are other options.


Child at nursery

Starting preschool, nursery or playgroup is the first step on the education ladder for your child, and it's a big moment for parents too.

Secondary school

teens at blackboard

Moving from the relatively cosy world of primary school to secondary will bring new friends and a fair few parenting challenges. Don't worry, Mumsnet's here to help.

Higher education

teenage boy revising

If your teen is reaching the end of school or college, get advice on navigating the vast array of higher education options available, and what to do once they've flown the nest.

The school gate

From tips for a stress free school run to imaginative fundraising ideas – our school gate section has it all.

Packed lunch ideas


If school meals aren't for you, then the start of the school year can be an unwelcome return to the drudgery of packed lunch preparation. Here's how to expand your repertoire and avoid lunchbox pitfalls.


bullied boy

Kids are often cruel to one another and bullying can take many forms. Find out what you can do if your child is being bullied or you need to tackle unacceptable behaviour.

How to treat head lice

head itch

Has your child come home scratching their head? Get advice on getting rid of the blighters from parents who've been there and got the fine-toothed comb to prove it.

Special educational needs


The Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice sets out schools' responsibilities for provision for SEN support – here's a guide


Young apprentice

If your child has decided not to go to uni full time, it’s often hard to know what other options are out there. Find out about the National Apprenticeship Service.