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For now, we hear from Dr Kaylene on how to best prepare your child for transitions to school. Starting school is such a big step. It’s completely normal for your little one to feel apprehensive about what this new stage might be like.
As with any big transition, it helps to prepare your child as much as possible.
Here are some tips to consider:
1. Playgroup: Does your school run a playgroup you could attend to help your child become more familiar with the setting?
2. Will you have the opportunity to visit the classroom ahead of time? Perhaps you could also locate the toilets and the water bubblers together while you’re there. Encourage your child to practise unpacking his/her bag, sitting in the classroom, locating the toilets and familiarising him/herself with their new environment as much as possible.
3. Will you have a chance to meet your child’s teacher in advance? A crucial step to settling your child into school is encouraging a bond between your child and their new teacher. After all, this is the person you want your child to listen to, to learn from and to seek the assistance of in the year ahead. If you have a chance to meet your child’s teacher ahead of time, it can help to take a photo of your child and their teacher together. Then pop this photo on your fridge to help your child’s teacher become a familiar face within your home.
4. Does your child know anyone else starting school at the same time? You’ll set your child up for success if your child knows some friendly faces.
5. Role play some of the potentially challenging social situations at home. For example, practise going to the teacher with a problem, joining in with a group who are playing together, responding appropriately when another child acts unkindly etc;
6. Either buy or borrow books about starting school and read these together
7. Practise all the little things that your child will now need to be able to do independently, such as reling their water bottle, opening containers or packets of food from their lunch-box or tying shoelaces.
8. Practise goodbyes. Practising your goodbyes is particularly important if your little one has struggled with separation anxiety. All children will feel nervous about starting school. By familiarising your child with their new environment and routine ahead of time, you’ll be easing this transition and setting your child up for success.
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