MANY parents will be thinking about how to get their pre-school child ready for “big school” as they head towards the start of the new school year in September.
If your child has attended a good pre-school class, they should find the transition much smoother and there are some small things you can do with them to ease this further.
Firstly, talk to them lots about moving to school and how exciting it is going to be. Try to avoid any anxiety which you may feel yourself from creeping into the conversation.
Reassure them that everyone will be new, like them, and that it is normal to be a bit nervous.
Make sure you get organised early with uniform and let them wear it when they want to, before they start school itself.
Encourage them to practise doing up buttons and zips and if they have a PE kit then make a game out of timing them as they get changed. Imagine being a reception class teacher with up to 30 children who all need help getting changed.
If your child is going to take a packed lunch to school and they haven’t regularly had one before, then try and find a few days when you can make a packed lunch at home and have a picnic in the garden or park, to practise.
You will be surprised sometimes at how tricky little fingers can find opening packets or containers, and peeling fruit.
Also, you may give them more than they can comfortably eat during their allocated lunch time — not to mention the fact that they can usually go outside and play once they are finished, so don’t give them so much that they are last.
If your child is at a nursery or pre-school class, do talk to the staff team about what preparation for transition they are already doing and how you can be involved.
At the Old Station Nursery in Henley children have been trying on uniforms in the home corner, talking about school routines and spending more time in “group time” activities as they will at school.
Taking turns, putting your hand up to answer a question and being independent with using the bathroom — all these things will help in September. Most of all, be excited and your child will be too!
For more information about high quality early education do contact Julie at the Old Station Nursery on (01491) 577716 or email Henley@theoldstation nursery.co.uk