Starting primary school for any child is a big step and there may be additional considerations when sending twins, triplets or more into full-time education for the first time. Here we explore how to prepare yourselves and your children for starting school and provide tips on making the transition go as smoothly as possible.

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.


Three children dressed in identical school uniforms walk away from the camera whilst holding hands with a taller child in the middle of two shorter children


Getting ready for the move from preschool to primary school

We've created a list of tips and advice to help prepare your children for full-time education and a more formal learning environment.

Getting your children ready for school


Childcare for twins, triplets and more over the school holidays

School term time runs for 39 weeks of the year, which leaves parents with a lot of holiday time to fill whilst also usually needing to work. We explore the different options available to you, to help manage the school holidays and summer break.

School holidays with multiples


Further help and resources from Twins Trust

We understand that there are a lot of questions around your children starting 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.



Personal stories from parents of multiples
Let it go
Whether you're punching the air or weeping into the sink, Twins Trust’s Co-Head of Family Services, Louise Bowman, offers tips on a good start at school.
Over to you
Together or apart can be a vexed question for parents when multiples start school. But what do the children think?
Second time lucky
Twin mum Verity Snook on her triplet childhood and the lessons learned from some less than sensitive school handling.