In my Y1 class we do a 'start the day' activity which the parent/carer reads with the child when they arrive in the classroom. Tasks involve the children arming themselves with a whiteboard, pen and rubber which are out on a table in storage boxes for them. They are then ready to go to their phonics groups as soon as the register is done. When they come back to class the equipment goes back into the storage boxes as they walk past them. Only works if phonics is done first thing of course!