Starting 'Big' school is not just about the first day. It’s a process that begins when children and families start to prepare in the year before, and continues as children experience their first days, weeks and months of school. The process involves a number of changes for children and families, and everyone reacts differently.
For some children the change brings excitement about making friends and learning new things, while for others the change can leave them feeling nervous and overwhelmed. You may reflect on your own school experiences and be reminded of the mix of emotions you felt when starting school.
Families play an important role in supporting children to manage the transition to primary school. With the support of your child’s early childhood educator, you can help them to cope with the new challenges by developing their social, emotional and learning skills. Supporting your child’s skills in these areas contributes to their mental health and wellbeing.
Here at Early Years Education we encourage you to have conversations with your child’s Educators to see how we can best prepare your child for school. Perhaps they need a little extra guidance with self-help skills or maybe they need to focus on sharing or turn taking? We can help guide your family to ensure that your child is super confident, and ready to take on big school next year.