With the summer holidays fast approaching, those of you with little ones leaving nursery ready for primary school in September may be starting to feel anxious on their behalf. At Kids Planet we’re helping our pre-schoolers feel safe and happy about the move to big school.
Here are just a few of the activities we do in some of our nurseries as well as some ideas and tips for helping your child in the holiday leading up to the big day:
Tips for the summer holiday:
Arrange parent-to-parent meet-ups and play dates before the school term starts – a six week holiday is a very long time for a child, and it’s great to familiarise your child with their soon-to-be new friends so when school starts not everyone is a brand new face – you can ask for class lists through the school office although many schools provide these in the summer term. It’s also an important thing for parents to do as it can encourage a support network among parents.
Many schools advertise the weekly menus on their website, so it can be good to look ahead and start getting them used to the sorts of meals they might be served.
Talk to your child about their new school and wherever possible, involve them in buying their new uniform, water bottle and lunch boxes– make it exciting, and they will look forward to using them and showing to their friends when they start their new school. Be positive about starting school even if you’re not feeling it yourself! It’s a great idea to talk to them about their friends and about new friends they are going to make. Importantly, reinforce the idea about how much fun they will have and all the new things they are going to play, experience and learn.
Most importantly, get the camera ready! Starting school can be both an exciting and daunting time for everyone, but that first school photo will be one to remember for a very long time!
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