Earlier the better!
When it comes to preparing your little one for their first day, it’s never too early to start! If you haven’t already, be sure that your child spends time at a child care centre before their first day of primary school. For a preschooler, this is a great opportunity to get used to being in the care of others, meeting new people and being without their parents for an extended period. Some child care centres even offer primary school readiness programs, with specific learning programs to make your child’s transition more seamless.
Communication is key
A few weeks out, start talking to your child about their feelings towards starting primary school; ask whether they are nervous or excited. Let them know it’s okay and then reiterate all the positives about starting school—like meeting new friends and playtimes. This will help them get used to the idea of primary school well in advance. Also, let them know that if there’s anything wrong you’ll be right there to help.
Meet and greet
Before your child’s first day, organise a meet and greet with their teacher at the school. This will help familiarise them with their surroundings and stop them getting overwhelmed when the time comes. If your child has a friend going to the same school, be sure to take them together—having a friend by their side for this experience will benefit the both of them.
On the day
After packing their bags, dressing them ready for school and taking all the necessary photos, take them—with their friend—to school. Your most important role in their first day comes with the goodbye. While it can be hard leaving your child on their first day, it’s important you don’t prolong your send off. Keep it short, reassure them and leave them a little note in their lunchbox to let them know you’re thinking of them.
WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
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