Preparing Your Child To Start School
12th Jan 2019

Preparing Your Child To Start School

Starting school is a big step for both parents and children alike! Transitioning into “big school” can be daunting but there are a few things that you can do to help prepare your little ones for the classroom.

1.Get to know your child’s school

Familiarise yourself with details like start and end times, if there is a school transition program and getting to know where the after-school care facilities are. Visit your child’s classroom with them so they are able to familiarise themselves with the space and introduce them to their teachers.

2.Make preparations for school fun 

Take your child shopping for school supplies and make this fun! Allow them to choose their own backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles and stationery! Help them practise doing up their shoe laces or buckles, and ask them what they’re most excited about learning at school!

3.Start routines early

Try to establish daily and nightly routines before school begins to help ease your child into the changes a school week brings. Good sleeping habits should start early as adequate sleep is essential to good behaviour and concentration.

4.Saying Goodbye

So, you’ve done all you can and know to help ease your child into the transition but now comes the real test: the Big First Day. Make the drop-off short and sweet. Give them a high five (or form a secret handshake) before sending them off and let them know you’re excited to hear about their day after. Even if there are tears, your child needs to see you confident and happy. Tears will usually only last a few minutes and then their day will be busy and fun!

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