Starting school can be quite daunting, overwhelming and not the happy time that we expect for some children. However for some it can be an exciting, positive and joyous time. As an early Childhood Education Centre we look at preparing our children well for the transition to big school, by making it familiar to them and getting to know the routines and the environment. Visits to the school are scheduled at different times and children get to spend time in the classroom environment as well as participate in school activities.
As we engage in activities at the centre that supports independence, which they will be needing once they get to “big school”, we consistently talk to the children about what may happen when they are there. Lunch box days help children to know what to eat at little break and big break. Inviting the local school’s teachers into our classroom allows them to build relationships with the children and gives children a familiar face when they arrive on their first day.
However, as much we do in the Centre, it is important that parents begin to prepare their child for school as well. It is important for your child to see you as being calm and in control. Like you have got this! When your child sees you in control and prepared then they will feel less stressed or anxious about starting school.
Here are some simple steps to help you prepare for the transition to school;