Making A Smooth Transition To Big School
As part of Kidi Kingdom’s ongoing commitment to our families we have provided some additional information to assist you in supporting your child in the transition to prep and school.
Starting prep and primary school is a bit like discovering play dough – it is a big event in your child’s life. And whether your little learner is raring to go, or slightly reticent, there are many ways that you can help them prepare for life in the classroom.
How to Prepare your Child Throughout the Year
In the months before your child starts school, focus on the two P’s – positivity and preparedness. To do this:
Talk about school. Ask your child what they think about starting school and whether they have any questions. See if friends and other families have positive anecdotes about school.
Keep your child healthy. Make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date and that they have regular dental and health check-ups in the year before starting school.
Promote independence. Encourage your child to do things on their own, like getting dressed, going to the toilet, washing their hands and grappling with their lunchbox and drink bottle.
Get involved. Attend any transition-to-school programs offered by your child’s current early childhood service and/or future school. Find out the school’s hours and where to take your child on their first day.
Nurture their learning and development. Ask educators how you can help your child learn and develop at home and once they’re at school.
How to Prepare your Child over the Holidays
In between making sandcastles and visiting the grandparents, the holidays are also a great time to get ready for the start of term.
Do a practice (school) run. Show your child where their new school is and explain how you’ll get there. Go through their before and after school arrangements, purchase any school supplies and practise getting ready for school, i.e. packing their bag.
Find a fellow schoolmate. Arrange play dates with other kids who’ll be going to your child’s school. There’s nothing like a friendly face on their first day.
Read books. There are lots of great books about starting school, so visit the library or bookshop and look for titles like Starting School by Jane Godwin, First Day by Andrew Daddo and One Keen Koala by Margaret Wild and Bruce Whatley.
Be positive! Share in your child’s excitement and, if they’re a wee bit apprehensive, help them think about the up sides of starting school.
When there’s just one more sleep (or no more sleeps) until your child’s first day, focus on getting everything organised in a cool, calm and collected manner.
The night before, help your child get their clothes, hat, shoes and socks ready. Make sure they know who’s taking them to school and who’s picking them up.
In the morning, try to avoid the morning rush. Help your child pack their bag (including spare undies and a change of clothes for any accidents) and put on sunscreen if necessary. Once at school, show your child where they’ll be met when the home bell rings.
After school, ask your child what happened during the day and congratulate them on completing their first day at big school!
A Quick Recap
In summary, parents can prepare children for school by:
Talking about school and listening to their thoughts.
Explaining practical arrangements and doing ‘dry runs’.
Familiarising them with school via transition-to-school programs and books.
Don’t forget Child Care!
Whether your school age child needs out of hours care next year or your little one will be in pre-prep or long day care,make sure you organise child care well ahead of time.
Here are three child care reminders for the year’s end:
Enrol or re-enrol in childcare for January.
Ensure your child’s immunisations are up-to-date.
Contact Kidi Kingdom to secure your child’s enrolment for the new year.
Enrol Now! Vacancies are Limited for 2020!