Transition to Primary 1

Moving from nursery to Primary 1 in August 2024

Edinburgh bear cartoon

Every year, no matter where they are in Edinburgh, children moving into P1 spend their final weeks of early learning becoming familiar with the same story and doing shared activities. This means that when your child starts school, they and their new classmates will already be familiar with the story and characters, and the themes of journeys, adventure and friendship. 

We will add more information here in June about the book and activities which will include

  • six weeks of activity ideas for children to experience in early years settings before the holidays
  • six weeks of summer ideas and activities for families during the summer on our webpages
  • ideas to help children explore the book and its themes further through play in P1, with their new friends in school

Grant payments

There are three extra payments for parents to help towards the costs of being pregnant or looking after a child:

  • Scottish Child Payment
  • Best Start Grant
  • Best Start Foods

You may be able to get these if:

  • you live in Scotland
  • you or your partner are getting certain benefits or tax credits
  • you or your partner are pregnant, or are the main person looking after a baby or child who's the right age for a payment

You can apply to the Scottish Government online, by phone or by post. You can find out more about the Scottish Child Payment, Best Start Grants and Best Start Foods payments and apply online.