Starting school for the first time can cause a lot of anxiety, for you mainly!
Children take new experiences such as starting school differently and accept new challenges and routines easier than adults.
We’ve prepared these tips to guide you through this process and to try and make it as stress free as possible.
It’s natural to worry about your child’s literacy and numeracy skills when they start school. Will they be able to keep up with their peers? Have you covered enough at home or will the teachers spot that you have not been teaching them to read from the age of two?
Don’t worry about whether your child can write or recognise their own name. The first year of starting school is a huge learning curve and your little one’s teacher will have lots of ingenious ways to encourage them towards reading and writing once they’re ready.
Label all the school clothes
It’s great to aspire to be one of those mums who hand sews personalised labels into her children’s clothing. However, frankly just to remember to scrawl our surname on the garment labels in biro is winning.
Practice putting on the uniform
You might think this is a bit of a waste of time, but you’d be surprised how many teachers have said that many children start school without knowing how to put on their coat or get changed for PE.
Making sure your child can put their coat on and take it off, and change into their PE kit is great independence for them. Including changing their shoes and putting their kit back into their kit bag.
For those parents who tend to do too much for our kids, sending them off to school where they’ll have to fend for themselves more often can feel very scary. However, a little of preparation can go a long distance to making you both feel ready for school.
Do a practice school run
The school run can be a stressful experience all round, so preparing your child for the morning rush by doing a practice run once or twice before the actual start is really helpful. It can’t hurt to familiarise yourself with the route, and see what traffic and parking is like before the big day.
Encourage your child to talk
Any worries or concerns your child has can probably be helped just by talking to them, you’ve been through all this before remember so you know exactly what it’s like to start school/new job/new group. Talking out loud makes us process things better and makes you and them a little closer.