Tips For Helping Your Child Transition To School

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Tips For Helping Your Child Transition To School | Eastside Speech

In our clinic, there are a number of children who are starting kindergarten this year. It’s a big step and can bring feelings of excitement and uncertainty for both children and parents. As we head towards this first day, many parents are wondering: how can we prepare our child best for school?

Well, the good news is that the NSW Dept of education has some great tips for how we can do this:
https://education.nsw.gov.au/parents-and-carers/wellbeing/school-events/how-to-gently-prepare-your-child-for-kindergarten

This article highlights the importance of parents and children sharing a positive and enthusiastic attitude to school. This can be done by:

  • Parents reading a book about going to school with their children. This simple act can associate positive feelings to the idea of going to school for your child. If you are interested in finding out some titles, please get in contact. We have a number of options that we can recommend.
  • Parents talking positively about their own good times at school. Perhaps you could even share some photos from your time at school with your child.
  • Having family conversations about school, and getting siblings, cousins or others who are at school to share what they like about it.

The article also suggests parents can assist by validating their child’s nervous feelings, and supporting them in exploring these feelings. For some of our clients, having a visual feelings page (a page with faces displaying different emotions) may help them identify their own feelings. Asking some simple open questions, such as “what makes you feel worried/nervous/unsure about school?”

It can also be helpful to talk through the routine of the school day and reassure your child that you (or whoever it may be) will be there at the end of the day.

As your child starts school, take some time to reflect on this new stage of life, and breath out your own feelings about it. Acknowledge it’s going to be an adjustment for you too, and remind yourself that your child is in good hands.