We all know what it is like to find ourselves in a new situation - both the pleasant anticipation and the uncomfortable feelings that go with it. Children have the same feelings, but to an even greater degree when they are confronted with their first school experience.
We make some suggestions that should make it easier for your child to feel “at home” at school, and help him over the apprehension he feels at this (usually first) time of separation from his parents.
- Allow him/her as much time as he needs to feel comfortable with the teachers and children. Children differ and the time each one needs to adjust will vary. Do not feel disappointed or embarrassed if your child takes a little longer than you expected. Encouragement and reassurance will give him confidence.
- Begin preparing at home for this exciting new experience. Tell her about the pleasant things she will do in school, and speak of the teachers as new friends and helpers.
- Arrange your child’s schedule at home so that he has ample time to wash, dress and eat without undue rush or excitement¬ before he gets to school.
- Do not push your child into group activities if she is a little reluctant¬ at first. We will work closely with you and advise you as time goes on.
- When you are ready to leave your child, be sure to tell him that you are going. Do not “slip away” as this may result¬ in loss of trust and feelings of fear and desertion.
- Advise teachers of any new situations or emotional upsets which have occurred, or might be expected at the time of school registration - experiences such as a new baby, prolonged illness, a new home – which may affect your child’s adjustment to the school.
- New children are integrated a few each day to ease tensions. Your child’s starting date and time will be communicated¬ to you. We have found this procedure well worth the delay in starting, as it enables the teachers to give each child the attention she requires to adjust happily and quickly to the school.
- To make the school somewhat familiar to your child on his first day, talk about the school, drive past and point out the building, and, if possible, stop and look in at the playground and buildings. A toddler group is offered and may ease the transition from home to school.
- Work with us to settle your child into his new environment with as little difficulty as possible.