Welcome to February & commencing/ resuming the school year.
Be confident & positive, it will keep your child calm & interested in their first big day at school, even if YOU have to fake it & you’re actually a trembling mess. My 4 all had 2-2.5years each of preschool, so the idea of a backpack, a ‘classroom’, a lunch box & me leaving them for 4-6 hours was normal. I was enthusiastic but not over the top, each child took on their first day of primary school quite differently. When our first daughter (& i) started kindergarten (NSW), she was horrified they didn’t get maths text books & learn how to read on the first day – her expectations were high. Day 2, she asked if I could just ‘drop her off in the street’ & day 3, could she catch a bus??!! She was out there on her own starting from scratch & she loved it!!
Be prepared that some children will have allergies with hesitant & careful mothers. Be open & ask lots of questions & don't panic (it's not you) if the mother says yes to a play date but hangs around to ensure their child is safe.
The party dilemma - do you invite a few close friends or the entire class?? Do you invite someone to your party just because they invited you to theirs?? Early on i just invited the whole class to home parties, we have used small schools which also helps this issue.