There are a few things you can keep in mind over the next few months to make the transition as smooth and happy as possible.
- As a parent, you can identify and reduce barriers to participation. We want your child to join in and have lots of fun meeting new children and trying new activities!
- Support and acknowledge the feelings of your child. Moving to a new environment can be a little confronting, and by listening to your child you can support their fears, answer their questions and encourage their curiosities.
- Allow your child the time and opportunities for some form of gentle induction to enable them to orient themselves and adapt to the social and emotional demands of the school environment.
When school starts next year there are a few things you can do:
- Help your child get ready for school. Get them involved in packing their bag and laying out their uniform the night before.
- Increase your child’s skills in order to become more independent at school, i.e. teaching them how to tie their shoes, and how to communicate when they need to go to the bathroom.
- Manage your child’s fears and separation anxiety. Have conversations with your child about their feelings, and
- Assist your child with various school homework tasks such as reading and problem solving.
The transition to primary school can be a challenge, but it’s an important milestone in the early learning development of your child. If you have any questions or concerns about your child, you can always contact your Room Leader or Centre Director.