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Preparing your child for the transition to school

Preparing your child for the transition to school

 

As any parent knows, preparing your child for the transition to school will bring about both feelings of excitement and some nerves too!

It’s not only a huge step for the child, but it’s also a period of change for parents.

This monumental milestone signals a whole host of new opportunities for your little one, especially when it comes to making new friends, growing, learning and having fun.

When you’re holding your baby for the first time, ‘Big School’ seems a million years away, but it quickly comes around and it’s important that you start to prepare and encourage your little one as early as possible. After all, it shouldn’t be something that they’re anxious of, but rather look forward to.

Here at Winchmore Hill Pre-School, we want the transition to school to be as exciting and enjoyable as possible for all our students, and with this in mind, you can rest assured that we always go to every length to make sure every child in our care leaves us ready for ‘Big School’.

But we do need the support of our parents too! And there are lots of ways that

you can help make the transition as smooth and positive as possible.

Here’s our guide to preparing your child for the transition to school…

Visit the school together

An unfamiliar environment can make anyone nervous, so in the run up to starting school, it’s definitely worthwhile arranging a visit for you and your child, so that you can check out the facilities, classrooms, playground and even bathroom. This will help with the settling in process and make their first few days more familiar and comfortable.

Meet the teacher

Your child’s first teacher is going to play a massive role in all aspects of shaping your little one’s personality and development, so it’s important that your child is comfortable with their future teacher from the offset.

Arranging for you and your child to meet their teacher prior to your child’s start date can be hugely beneficial and it is a great opportunity to ask any questions about the school day and the type of things your child will get up to during their first few weeks.

Starting School Books

Books are a great way to draw out and discuss your little one’s concerns and reassure them if they are worried about starting school! Borrow some books from the library that focus on this topic.

Encourage them to make friends

One of the best things about your child’s school days is the friends they will meet along the way. From an early age, you should teach them to make new friends by looking at their eyes and smiling, asking what their names are, and introducing themselves.

Of course, if you’d like to discuss how we prepare our children for the school transition at the Winchmore Hill Preschool, please do not hesitate to contact us.