Starting big school can be both exciting and daunting for your child. To help make this transition as smooth as possible I have the following tips for families:

– Talk to your child about what happens at school and how the basic routine works. Most schools provide a Prep information booklet that will contain vital information about bell times, play times and what to do when you arrive at school. The more your child is prepared the easier their first day will be.

– Read the school rules together. The more interest you stir up the more response you will get from your child. Basic school rules can be easy to remember and simple to understand.

-If possible visit the school more than once to allow your child to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings. Have a look at the classrooms, toilets and playground so that on their first day these facilities will not seem so daunting for them.

-Be organised. The more organised your family is the easier your first day at school will be for you and your child. Think ahead and plan your child’s lunches for the week, ensuring that the lunch packed is familiar to your child with no surprises! Ensure that all your child’s belongings are labeled, packed and ready to go the night before.

– Be as enthusiastic and supportive as you can about your child starting big school. Your child will pick up on any anxiety that you may feel so being positive and encouraging will transfer to your child and help to make them feel more comfortable about this time.

You can find more information on starting school at The Raising Children Network.

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