Education advice from nursery to secondary school

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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.

Latest: Helping your child get through exams.



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.

Primary school

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Even if your child has been at nursery or playgroup, the leap to Big School is full of new experiences.

Secondary school

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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.

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.


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.

The ultimate school uniform shopping list

Are you ready for the new school year? Here's the ultimate list of everything you need to buy before the start of term, as recommended by Mumsnetters.

Surviving exams


Exam season is a testing time for parents and students alike. Help kids get ready for (and through) exams while eliminating some of the stress for all involved.

The school gate

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

School day food


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.

Higher education

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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.


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.

Top tips for parents

Finding it difficult to encourage your kids to pick up a book? Struggling to find a way to make maths fun? Try out these fantastic methods and books recommended by Mumsnetters