So Your Child is Starting Big
are some tips to help your child prepare for school and
enjoy this special time in their lives.
Preparing for school
help your child if you prepare her as well as you
can and at the same time show her that you have
confidence that she will manage the new
- Show your child over
the school so they know where they will
be going, where the toilets are and where
you will pick them up.
- Make sure they can
manage undoing their uniform to use the
- Make sure they can
unwrap their lunch and that they know how
to ask to go to the toilet.
Some other things you
may need to prepare your child for.
- The school bell or
siren and what it means.
- How to drink from a
- Putting up a hand to
ask a question.
- If your child is
anxious about leaving you, ask her what
would help, for example, who should drop
them off at school, where they want to
say goodbye, and what she wants to do
after school . Having some control over
what happens helps with fears. You might
tell them what youll be doing while
theyre at school.
Once at school
- Dont be late
picking your child up. A few minutes can
seem a long time when you are not very
sure of yourself.
- Some children want to
tell you all about their day as soon as
you pick them up so, make time for your
child after school if they need it, or as
soon as you get home if you work. Some
children, however, like a while by
themselves before they want company.
- Children are often
starving after school. A
healthy snack straight after can make up
for a missed lunch due to excitement or
anxiety. This will be as important as
eating a big dinner. If you are picking
your children up in a car after school,
take something (a piece of fruit) with
you ready for them to eat in the car. In
the first few weeks they might be too
tired to really want to eat by
- Listen, but dont
ask too many questions. Children will
talk when they are ready. Bedtime is
usually a good listening time.
- It helps if you read
stories to children even after they can
read themselves. Bedtime is also a good
time to read stories.
- Some children wet their
pants in the early months at school. This
can be very embarrassing for them. They
need to be reassured that it often
happens to children and it is nothing to
worry about. Encourage your child to tell
the teacher. Pack an extra pair of pants
if it happens. If you show you are
worried, it will make him feel that there
really is something to worry about.
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