Is your little one ready to move up from nursery to primary school? Do you feel there are any anxieties or concerns that you should pay attention to? How will you deal with first-day tears?
You can help your child transition smoothly from an amazing nursery to an equally exciting school. Read on and find out some simple ways to do so.
As easy as Child’s Play Nursery
Parents, guardians, or caregivers play a crucial role in the seamless transition of a child from nursery to school. While some children are excited and look forward to moving up, there are some who apprehend a change of environment which is completely normal.
This is where adults are responsible for explaining and showing their children that moving from nursery to school is another adventure that they would not want to miss. Your role is to assure your child that primary school will be as much fun as nursery classes. It is also your task to ensure that the child becomes acclimatized to the new educational environment easily and swiftly.
If this is your first time to have a child to move up, then rest your worries. We have compiled a very simple list of tips on how you can make it as easy for your child to transition from nursery to school:
1. Talk to your child
First and foremost, communicate well with your child. It should be made clear to him or her that as much fun as nursery is, there is a time when he or she must move up to the next stage in life. Explain how doing a good job in nursery will make it possible to get promoted to big school.
To familiarize your child with what school is, you can read books or watch movies or shows about it. This will provide a more concrete, visual description of how moving to the next level goes. Similarly, you can also play games where you can pretend that your kid is going to school or simulate how it is in a year one classroom.
Patiently answer any questions that your child may have. Carefully explain your answers and let your child know that you are open and willing to listen to any fears or concerns. The more your child knows about what to expect, the more he or she can be confident and excited about going to school.
2. Prepare them for school
Once you have already registered for the school year, then the next step is to prepare for the first day of school. Doing this early will give you and your child enough time to check whether or not you have missed any items. It will also help you both get used to the idea of going to school.
If the school requires your child to wear a uniform, it is best to get your set ahead of time. You should also prepare other school materials such as school bags, papers, pencils, notebooks, and other items that may be needed. Some schools already give parents a list of materials to buy. Other schools have the materials ready during the time of registration.
Make sure to label all your child’s belongings. Kids can be forgetful and labeling your child’s school items will help easily find them should they get lost.
3. Communicate with the teacher
It will also help if you can pay a visit to the school that your child will go to, and personally speak with the teacher or school administrator. Doing so will help you understand how they do things, see the school facilities, and ask relevant questions.
Some schools offer a school tour to familiarize you with the environment your child will be in when the school opens. If this is not offered, then you can schedule an appointment with the teacher or person in charge of your child’s education.
This is also a time for you to leave any special reminders about your child. It can be about his health condition, such as allergies or food restrictions, if any. Also, make sure you offer your contact details so they can readily reach you when needed.
4. Practice routines
Going to school is a partnership. You and your child must work together to make it as seamless and fun as possible.
A few weeks before school starts, you can already get started with your school day routine. If your child is not used to waking up early, then you can start simulating a school day. Establishing a routine will help both of you get used to new schedules or systems.
Some examples of factors to consider are the time your child goes to bed and wakes up, eating time, and personal hygiene habits. If your child will take the school bus, then you also have to practice how far in advance you need to leave your home. You also need to brief your child about drop-off and pickup times, as well as some safety precautions such as who is allowed to pick him or her up from school.
5. Stay updated
Once school starts, you have to make time and effort to be abreast of the goings-on in your child’s life.
Ask your child about his or her first-day-of-school experience. Read all the memos that come from the teacher or the school. Participate in school activities and attend parent-teacher meetings. This way, you are constantly updated about your child’s situation and progress.
Change is constant, as they say. As your child goes through this change in his or her school life, you must be present to assist and guide. You do not have to overprotect your child but your calm presence will play a big role in your little one gaining enough confidence to face the adventures that school will bring.