Thousands of Scottish pupils are undergoing the transition from primary to high school.
And while some youngsters take this big change in their stride, others can find it a difficult time – along with their parents.
While many schools and local authorities have arrangements in place to ease the transition process, ParentLine Scotland, the free, confidential helpline and email service provided by CHILDREN 1ST, wants to remind parents and carers they are also on hand to help.
Manager Jill Cook says: “Moving onto ‘big’ school can be stressful for both pupils and their parents and carers.
“Children may have to say goodbye to pals they have been with all the way through primary school. They are no longer the big fish in the wee pond when they move up to high school but instead are surrounded by older teenagers. It can be a scary time for some, especially less confident kids.
“They may have to tackle travelling on public transport for the first time and finding their way round a big school, not to mention learning new subjects and meeting new teachers. Though often the kids themselves are fine – it’s the parents who find it hard to let go and let their offspring develop their independence!
“We want to remind people that ParentLine Scotland is for everyone looking after a child or with a concern about a child – no problem is too big or small. It is free, confidential and anonymous, to make it easier for people to talk through their worries. Sometimes just talking things through with our trained call-takers can make people feel better.”