Nursery marks the beginning of a child’s journey through education. It involves a lot of change and getting used to, but it’s nothing that you can’t prepare them for. In this post we share tips from a day nursery in Richmond to help your child through this transition.
Speak To Them
For children this can be an emotionally distressing time as they will need to get used to all new faces and being away from you. Communication and reassurance are so important to help them in this move and settle in. Talk to your child about the move and prepare them for their first day. Discuss things like what will happen so that they already have an idea and aren’t so scared.
Build Their Excitement
Also talk positively about the move. The way that you frame things can determine their willingness to give them a go. Talk about things like the large playgrounds that they will get to explore and the friends that they will get to make as well as anything else that will build their excitement.
If your child’s not already potty trained, it’s a good idea to phase out the nappies before they start school so that they can use the toilet when needed.
How to Interact with Other Children
School’s an opportunity for children to gain social skills and make friends, but before that it’s a good idea that they are taught how to respond in certain situations and interact with other children. They will need to be respectful, polite and all of the things that we’re sure that your child is. If your concerns are more so about their confidence and their ability to put themselves out there, look at ways that you can build their self-esteem and communication skills. Their peers will likely also be in the same boat and it’s okay if they feel nervous.
Collecting Their Belongings
At the end of each day your child will need to remember their belongings. They will more than likely be reminded by their teacher, but should remember to take things like their homework, book bag, coat, important letters for their parents, and anything else that they need to take home with them. To prepare them for this, you can role play the typical parts of the school day so they know what to expect and can follow their teachers’ instructions.
While these tips will help prepare your child for the move, remember that nerves are normal and are to be expected. Over the first few weeks of them starting, these should start to settle in.