Starting school is an exciting milestone, but it can also be a little daunting for children and parents.
To help ease any concerns, there are some simple things you can do to help you both cope better with this big step. Worcestershire County Council has put together advice from experts and professionals to create an online resource for parents, packed with tips and hints to make the transition easier.
Professionals say the first step is to be upbeat and positive about the first day of school. A calm parent means a calm child. Talking to your little one about school and the adventure to come, can help overcome nerves and worries long before the big day arrives.
Independence is an important part of settling into school life, so you can help your child to develop the skills they need to be independent; for example, feeding themselves using cutlery, dressing themselves, going to the toilet by themselves. These skills are important for all those starting reception classes this September.
Some Primary schools say that a lot of reception age children have difficulties starting school because they are unable to do basic things such as go to the toilet without help. This can put pressure on teachers and their time and slows down those first few weeks of learning. So ensuring your child is able to manage these tasks will make their transition into school life, easier.
Director of Children’s services, Catherine Driscoll says: “Starting school is a huge milestone for all families. Making sure children are ready to join a class means they can get the most from their experience. Some reception age children have difficulties starting school because of not being toilet trained, being unable to sit still and not being able to be separated from a parent.
Not only does this put added pressure on teachers and school to help these children catch up with their peers but it also slows down the early learning process. It’s never too late to make these simple changes and means that when they join their class children can have the very best start.”
There's lots more useful information to help you prepare for starting school on the Is your child ready for school? pages of the Worcestershire Children First website.