Guide to help­ing chil­dren ad­just to preschool

Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION -

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.

Suit­able clothes

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.

Get in­volved

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.

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