Moving from preschool or nursery settings to beginning primary school is a huge milestone for any child and it's important to reassure and prepare them as much as possible to make the transition go smoothly.

Nurseries can sometimes be joined to a primary school, which helps prepare children for the move ahead by introducing them to the school environment, events and their teachers throughout their final year of nursery or preschool.

However, many childcare settings aren't partnered with a school, so it's helpful to look out for local school open sessions and any settling activities that may take place at your local playgroups, libraries or community events, which can help familiarise your children with the teaching staff and culture.

If you are at the stage of applying for or thinking about your twins, triplets and more starting primary school, we have lots of information available to support you through the process in our Primary section.

To help you prepare fully for this transition, Twins Trust have created an additional set of resources which are available to our registered users.

Register as a free user, or if you are already registered sign-in, to access further resources including our top tips factsheet on getting multiples ready for school, a Teachers Guide and our together or apart questionnaire.


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Are you concerned that your twins or triplets aren't ready for school?

Twins and triplets are often born prematurely or at low birth weight, so they are more prone to experiencing developmental delays or having additional learning needs. Talk to your health visitors or nursery workers if you are concerned about your children’s development to get their advice on whether they are ready for starting school. Delaying or deferring admission is something that you can consider for primary school children and we have information and resources to help you make this decision.

You can also access further information from Pat Preedy on the Twin Education website, which explores in more detail the considerations for multiples and starting school.


Further help and resources from Twins Trust

We understand that there are a lot of questions around your children moving from preschool to primary school - especially when twins and triplets are more likely to experience developmental delays and prematurity. The below resources can help you feel confident and supported with this next stage of parenting.

Online community

Our online community groups offer a supportive environment for parents or carers of twins, triplets or more.


Our helpline, Twinline, is here to support you, answering questions about feeding, sleeping, starting school, friendships, getting to grips with the teenage years, or anything else multiples related.

Professional Referral Service

We have a team of volunteers - all professional experts in their field - who can help families of multiples with educational and development issues.


Access downloadable content as a Twins Trust registered user
Register as a free user, or if you are already registered sign-in, to access further information, including our individuality factsheet.



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