Dropping off your child on their first day at School in the Hills can be exciting and nerve-wracking. It’s a big step for both you and your child, but with some careful planning and preparation, you can make the experience as smooth as possible. Here are a few tips:
1. ESTABLISH A ROUTINE:
Create a morning routine that allows enough time for your toddler to get ready without feeling rushed. This will help them feel secure and prepared for the day ahead.
2. COMMUNICATE POSITIVELY:
Talk to your child about the upcoming first day of school in a positive and enthusiastic manner. Emphasize the fun and exciting aspects of school, such as making new friends and learning new things.
3. VISIT THE SCHOOL BEFOREHAND:
Allow them to familiarize themselves with the environment and meet their teacher at their initial screening. This will help alleviate any anxiety they may have.
4. ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENCE:
Help your toddler become more independent by practicing tasks they must do at school, such as putting on their shoes or opening their lunchbox. This will boost their confidence and make them feel more capable.
5. PLAN A SMOOTH DROP-OFF:
On the first day, arrive at the school on time and park in the designated area at your School in the Hills campus. Walk your child to their classroom, help them settle in, and say goodbye. Keep your farewell short and reassuring, even if they feel anxious. Avoid prolonged goodbyes, as they can prolong your child’s distress.
6. STAY POSITIVE:
Even if your child seems upset or clingy, stay positive and confident. Reassure them that you will be back to pick them up at the end of the day, and remind them of all the fun things they will get to do at school.
Remember, each child is unique, and the adjustment to school may take some time. Be patient and understanding during this transition period. With your support and encouragement, your toddler will soon settle into their new routine and thrive in their educational journey. Good luck!
Visit our Parent Handbook to understand even more about what’s best on the first day, and what our team does to ensure your child feels safe and loved.