Parents 2015 is here, is my child ready for school
If your child has been to nursery class, she is already used to the idea of school and being away from home for part of the day, so she should settle in without problems.
If parents prepare the ground with care, a child should take starting school in her or her stride. It is natural enough for parents to feel anxious as the day approaches for their child to take the first big step into the outside world, especially if they are the first or only child. Parents who have been cementing a close relationship with a child for four or five years sometimes see school as taking their baby away and destroying something of that precious relationship.
If you have anxiety don’t let them show, because your attitude will colour your child’s whole view of starting school. If you tell her or him:
“I hope you like school. I’m sure it’s a nice place” s/he will begin to feel uneasy, suspecting that there must be something wrong with it. If you tell her school is fun, that every child goes to school and it means they can do all sorts of exciting new things, then she will probably believe you and expect to enjoy it.
If your child has been to nursery class, she is already used to the idea of school and being away from home
for part of the day, so she should settle in without problems.
If she is an only child, make sure she is used to being parted from you for short periods, perhaps spending an afternoon playing with neighbour’s children, knowing you will collect her at a set time. A regular walk past the school at playtime can help too. This gives her an opportunity to look in and see what is going on.
It will help your child cope with the first few weeks at school if s/he can:
•Say both his or her names and parents’ clearly
• Handle a plate of food
• Ask to go to the toilet
•Deal with buttons and zips
•Use taps and flush toilets.
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