One in three parents are worried their children will have difficulty making friends when they start school.
A new survey of more than 2,200 British mothers and fathers conducted on behalf of charity Action for Children revealed 33 per cent were worried about their youngsters' ability to make friends.
One in ten respondents were concerned about their children struggling with lessons, while the same amount said they worried whether they would ask for help when needed.
Carol Iddon, director of childcare at Action for Children, told the BBC that learning social skills could pose a particular problem for only children, youngsters who didn't have a lot of contact with others, or those who were not a member of a playgroup.
She added that children were finding it hard to deal with the "complexity" of integrating into a new environment and often found the experience daunting.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels