Things that you can do to help your child prepare include:
- Asking your child what they think about school.
- Encouraging your child to ask questions about going to school.
- Encouraging your child to do things on their own, such as dressing, washing their hands, going to the toilet, unwrapping their food and opening their juice bottle.
- Talking to friends and other families about what school is like.
- Talking to the school about how you can be involved in your child’s life at school.
There are a range of things you can do to help your child have a successful and stress-free first day at school including:
- Helping your child to pack their school bag with a snack, drink and lunch.
- Label all belongings and find out where lost property is held at school.
- Put sunscreen on your child in the morning if it is needed.
- Leave home on time allowing time to say goodbye. At first, you may stay a while to ensure your child feels secure, but once they have settled in, a short and reassuring goodbye encourages independence.
- Show your child where you will meet them at the end of the school day.
- Check what time school finishes and arrive in plenty of time to collect your child.
- At the end of the day talk to your child about what happened at school.