Starting at a new school may feel daunting for your child, and for you too! Here are some top tips on making the transition smoother for both of you.
Familiarise your child with the school route. Whether it’s by car, bus or on foot, try out the route a few times in advance of starting school. It will make it much easier to do on the first day.
Your child has a whole load of information to take in in those first few weeks so be mindful of the fact that they may be tired or a little irritable. Make some time to be there for them and listen to them.
Help your child to get into a new routine by teaching them to manage their time and new homework load. This will avoid stress for both of you!
Make sure that your child is properly kitted out with everything they will need well in advance of the first school day.
Remember… all children are in the same boat but if you’re worried that your child is taking a little longer to settle, contact the school – get in touch with your child’s form tutor or head of year. Teachers will be used to children who may have difficulty settling and will have some strategies up their sleeve to help you.