Primary goals What parents can do to ease transition
With just under four weeks to go before the “Class of 2026” start their eight-year journey through primary school, what can parents do now that might help with the transition?
Don’t talk incessantly about “starting big school”, as that may increase anxiety or build it up so much that it will be an anti-climax when the time comes. Do answer any questions as they arise. Read stories to them about children starting school.
Walk or drive by the school a few times and maybe take a stroll around the yard when it’s empty, if accessible.
Try to ensure they can recognise their name labels, so they can be confident in identifying their lunchbox, school bag and jacket among lots of others.
Make sure they can deal with zips, etc, on their uniform or clothes for toileting.
Have a few practice runs with opening and closing the lunchbox and water bottle and putting them away in the school bag
Play “school” at home to explore some scenarios they may face.
Let your child have fun trying on the uniform.
Plan what the home routine will be like after the summer break and make sure you know how long it will take to travel to the school on the first day.
Recognise any anxieties you may have as parents and don’t project these onto your child.