THEIR PARENTS may have shed a few tears, but the kids were all smiles as hundreds of youngsters enjoyed their first day of school this week.
Schools throughout Scarborough started the new term by welcoming the excitable four and five-year-olds through their doors.
Many schools opened a few days early to give pupils a chance to settle in and meet their new classmates.
At Wheatcroft School, 34 children began classes for the first time, and the class was made up from pupils from 15 different pre-schools.
However, the school’s headteacher Jenny Hartley, said Wheatcroft, along with many other schools throughout the town, now make a real effort to help ease pupils into school life.
She said: “Their teacher Mrs Beedham and one of her support staff visit all of the pre-schools in the year for a transition day in order for the children to get familiar with the staff and the school.
“The children then attend Wheatcroft several times over the summer holidays to get familiar with the school and its surroundings, so when they do start, they feel more at ease.”
Miss Hartley also said the school is embracing technology in order to help make the change easier for parents.
She said: “We also put pictures on the website of the kids on their first day so parents can see the children having a good time, which helps put their minds at ease, as it’s obviously a stressful time for them.”
Children at Wheatcroft are spending their first few days at the school just getting to know each other.
They have been painting and playing with building blocks, as well as digging up potatoes planted by last year’s class.
Class teacher Mrs Beedham said: “The first term is about getting to know each other, and they have all settled in really well.”