The school holidays are winding up and it is time to get back into a routine of packing lunchboxes and backpacks.
Parents need to ensure their children are organised before school kicks off so we have put together some tips.
Kids grow fast. Check that their school uniform and shoes still fit. Are there any visible signs of wear and tear that require an item to be replaced or mended?
Check school bags and lunchboxes are in working order and put together a shopping list of snacks that your child would like to take to school.
Children always have homework to complete. Make sure there is an area of the home that is dedicated to their homework and ensure the space is clear of distractions.
Involving your children as much as possible in school preparation helps encourage and grow their independence and confidence.
Starting school for the first time is a big milestone. Below are some tips to get off to a great start.
The first day of school
- Make sure your child knows who will take them to school and pick them up on the first day.
- Help your child to organise their clothes, hat, shoes and socks the night before.
- Help your child to pack their school bag with a snack, drink, lunch and a hat.
- Place a spare pair of underpants and a change of clothes in a plastic bag. Let your child know these clothes are in their bag in case of any accidents at school.
- Show your child where you will meet them at the end of the school day.
- At the end of the day talk to your child about what happened at school.
The first year of school
- Find out about what your child is learning at school. By doing this, you can support your child’s learning and find out how your child is adjusting to school.
- If your child is having difficulty at school, talk to their teacher. Your child can also say what they think might help them.
- Keep talking to your child about school. Ask them about their new experiences, what they like and what they find hard.
- If your child goes to care before or after school, find a way of sharing your child’s school progress with the staff.
- Organise time for your child and their new friends to play together outside of school.
Many primary schools have buddy system for Prep children. They will partner your child with older students. This is to help your child have a welcoming experience from the very beginning.
For more tips, visit the Education Department.