Tak­ing that first step to ‘big school’

Is your child start­ing pri­mary school? Here are some tips to en­sure the move is a smooth one.

Norfolk - - EDUCATION -

Most schools have an in­duc­tion day or ‘Meet the Teacher’ day. This is a re­ally im­por­tant time for your child to see what their new class­room is like.

They will prob­a­bly en­joy an af­ter­noon or morn­ing in the class­room which will be set up to be very sim­i­lar to a nurs­ery with lots of fa­mil­iar ac­tiv­i­ties. The teacher will prob­a­bly read them a story and will chat to each child.

Hope­fully, this will be an ex­tremely pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence and they will take that home with them. But if you have missed this there is still plenty you can do.

Let them prac­tise wear­ing their uni­form and PE kit. Lots of par­ents for­get this and then ex­pect their child to be com­fort­able on their first day. Uni­forms can be very dif­fer­ent to what your child is used to wear­ing.

Chil­dren of this age can be sen­si­tive to change. Re­mem­ber that chil­dren will have to change into their PE kit on their own at school with very lit­tle help so prac­tice makes per­fect!

Avoid buy­ing new school shoes with laces. Your child has to be­come more in­de­pen­dent, so help them as much as pos­si­ble by ei­ther buy­ing shoes with Vel­cro straps or slip-on train­ers/plim­solls.

Leave ‘spe­cial toys’– com­forters, blan­kets, ted­dies – at home. Start by en­cour­ag­ing your child to leave it in their school bag or the car, work­ing to­wards leav­ing it at home tucked safely in a place of their choice, ready for them when they re­turn from school.

Help them be­come more in­de­pen­dent by en­cour­ag­ing your child to hang up their own coat and bag on ar­rival at nurs­ery or at home. Ask them to do some lit­tle chores at home, too.

Pre­pare them by teach­ing them to put their shoes to­gether at home or putting some of their own be­long­ings away. Re­mem­ber by help­ing them to be more in­de­pen­dent you are help­ing them to feel con­fi­dent and self- as­sured.

If your child has ba­sic self-care skills, they will be able to ac­cess the cur­ricu­lum with con­fi­dence. If they are very re­liant on adults for their own care, they will find learn­ing more daunt­ing.

Do not linger: ex­plain that they are go­ing to have the best time ever (im­plant­ing this idea is very pow­er­ful) and that you will see them later.

If you or your child still strug­gle with sep­a­ra­tion, start this process now at nurs­ery.

Drop them at the class­room door, give them a big hug, and off they go. If you for­get to tell the staff some­thing, do not go back into the room: pop to the re­cep­tion desk and they will pass on a mes­sage.

Start­ing ‘big school’ can be a very emo­tional time for par­ents, too! Don’t show your child that you are up­set on their first day. If they see you up­set, they will think they should be up­set too – and this is very un­set­tling!

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