Your child’s first day of school can be emotional for the both of you. If they’ve been at home for the first two or three years of their life, the idea of them going out and living their own life at nursery for a few hours a day can be a hard pill to swallow. As a parent, you can’t predict how your child will react to a new school, and it varies for every child. Some love it and don’t shed a single tear while with other kids, the waterworks don’t stop. It is, therefore, important that you try and create a mini plan in place to ensure the first week isn’t a nightmare. Although, things don’t always go according to plan when kids are involved, there are some ways that you can make it through the first few days of school that you’ll find below.
Have a Pep Talk
Waking up one day and dropping your child at school without preparing them first may not be the best idea. Preparing them beforehand for what they’re about to experience, however, may ensure a smoother transition for the both of you. One way that you can do this is by sitting down with your child and having a pep talk before starting school. Let them know what nursery is and why they’ll be attending as well as what a typical day is like. Some ways to prepare them for starting school are visiting the school, meeting the headteachers, and attending open days. By doing this, they should get a feel of the school and hopefully it gives them something to look forward to.
Go with Them
Another way to prepare your child for the first day of school is by physically going with them. If you happen to be scheduled to work, consider taking a day or two off or letting your boss know you’ll be a little late to give your child the support they need. Remember that first day anxiety and feelings of withdrawal are normal, so try not to beat yourself up if your child is kicking and screaming when you’re about to go. It doesn’t make you a bad parent and it’s very likely that your child doesn’t actually hate you. To help with the anxiety, consider finding out what system the school uses to help children adjust. If they happen to attendnursery and pre-prep at North Bridge House Schools, for instance, then you can be sure that they have pastoral care that will make them feel secure and welcome.
Communication is key when your child is starting school, so giving them constant reassurance and letting them know everything will be okay is important. You can do this by communicating with them about how their day went as well as reminding them of all of the positive and exciting things there are to do at their new school. Helping them overcome any fears and worries they may have should also go a long way in helping them settle in.
When you’re a parent, it is likely that throughout the course of raising your child you’ll experience many firsts. Some of them will be good, while others, not so much. However, to make first time experiences easier, preparing when you can is essential. It could help both you and your little one better anticipate what’s ahead so that you can deal with it in the best way possible. On this note, although starting school for the first time is a big transition for you and your child, you should scale through if you prepare and make it a fun experience.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.