Starting P1 in August 2022

Craig goes to Craigroyston – Craigroyston Primary School


Transition is what we call it when a child moves from one thing to another. There are lots of little transitions during the day – getting dressed, turning the television off, putting jackets on to go outside, all parents know that some transitions are easier than others! Other transitions are bigger, for example starting a new nursery or school. All children need help to prepare for transitions.

In Edinburgh, all Early Years Settings and Primary Schools are working together on one big project using Debi Gliori’s book, ‘The Bookworm’. This means that no matter which nursery they are enrolled in, or what primary school they move into, all children will be familiar with the same story and will have shared experiences. Research shows that shared experiences are one of the ways that we can support children during times of transition.


Your child’s nursery setting will be offering lots of exciting experiences based on the story in the summer term. There are also ideas based around the story of ‘The Bookworm,’ to support you over the summer. Click here for ideas and to listen to the story!

You can try the ideas with your child during the holidays, to help them to feel positive about the move into school and also to support them to settle well when they arrive in P1. The activities are things that might already fit into your daily routine. The important thing to remember for all parents is that what you are already doing with your children at home IS supporting their learning. Research shows us that in
the Early Years children learn best through real life experiences, like helping sort the
washing, preparing meals, developing independence with clothes and personal care,
and just talking.

Primary schools across Edinburgh are working hard to ensure that all children will have the best start to Primary 1. Your child’s P1 classroom will have lots of opportunities for play and learning. The most important thing at the start will be making sure that everyone feels welcomed and finds something they enjoy at school. Your child will be supported and encouraged into their new class, with lots of chances to build relationships, make friends and play to learn.