9 things you need to do to get ready for school
The transition from the early learning environment to primary school is obviously a big moment in a child’s life. It also changes many things for the whole family too as schools operate very differently from the way child care centres do.
Preparing and taking your own lunch (hence all the practice we do at Choklits, pictured above), and buying your own stationary and books are just two examples of the differences. There are also many fewer educators at school compared to early learning too, so there’s a lot more for both parents and children to know and be prepared for.
Here are 9 things you need to do to get ready for school-
- Prepare school supplies: Ensure that you have all the necessary supplies such as school uniforms, backpacks, stationery, and textbooks.
- Familiarise yourself with the school’s policies and procedures: Read the school handbook and make sure you understand the rules and expectations.
- Meet with the teacher: Attend school orientation or meet with your child’s teacher to get to know them and ask any questions you may have.
- Set up a routine: Establish a routine for getting ready for school in the morning, including when to wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast, and get out the door.
- Make sure your child is up to date on immunisations: Check with your doctor or the local health department to make sure your child is up to date on their vaccinations.
- Ensure your child has a healthy breakfast: Eating a nutritious breakfast can help your child start the day with energy and focus.
- Plan for after-school activities: Determine what after-school activities your child will participate in and make arrangements for transportation, if needed.
- Review school expectations with your child: Go over the school’s policies and expectations with your child, and talk to them about how they can be successful in school.
- Get plenty of rest: Encourage your child to get enough sleep each night, as adequate sleep is important for their overall health and well-being, as well as their success in school.
The first few days at school can be a little overwhelming but most schools do a fantastic job of helping parents and carers through the transition. Never be afraid to contact your school with any of your questions or concerns. You both have the same goal of success for your child at heart, so the more you help each other the better the outcome will be for everyone.
We wish you the best of luck at school and beyond!