Guide to helping children adjust to preschool
HAS your child started preschool this year? Is it your first time as a parent of a preschooler? Does it seem a bit overwhelming? This week we will take a dive into some useful tips when it comes to starting preschool.
Need to know info
By regulation, you need to sign your child in on arrival (and when they leave). If you’ve made an alternative arrangement for pick up via another relative or family friend then let the preschool know in writing. Preschools also have to have a formal record of any medication children need to take. You’ll need to provide a medical authority form if you need the preschool staff to help with medication. It’s important to also provide an asthma plan if your child has the condition.
It might be easy to overlook, but dressing your child in comfortable clothes is a really simple way you can help them get the most out of their day. Loose-fitting clothes are the best idea as they enable your child to move freely – which is important for the development of their motor skills and their social play with other children. It’s also a good idea that the clothes they wear can get dirty – they may look adorable in their best outfit, but play can be an active experience which dirties or even damages clothing. Having a change of clothes in their bag is also advisable! Closed-toe shoes are also best as they enable your child to run and climb easily, and don’t forget a broad brimmed hat and sunscreen.
We all live busy lifestyles these days, but try to get as involved as possible in your child’s preschooling. Preschool provides vital development time, so you want to encourage your child to have a positive experience through your own enthusiasm and support. Maybe you can volunteer to help on an excursion, come in for a reading group, give a demonstration of an instrument if you’re a musician or help the preschool’s management?
Know the rules
Make sure you know the policies of the preschool – whether that’s by reading an information booklet they may provide to you on enrolment or via their website or a display board at the centre. Remember, if your family needs some expert support or have questions about your child’s health and development, call your local WBHHS child health team on: •Gayndah – 4161 3571 •Mundubbera – 4161 3571 •Monto – 4166 9300 •Biggenden – 4127 6400 •Eidsvold – 4165 7100.