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First Day at School? Fear Not!

The first day at school can be a daunting experience for both parents and children alike. However, the experience need not be an unpleasant one. Here are 5 tips to help manage first-day school jitters:

Making sure you have everything you need ready before your little one leaps into their first day will not only make the transfer easier for you, but help alleviate any jitters that come from not being prepared

1. Prepare in advance

Children should be given the chance to become familiar with the idea of joining a new school. Talking about what they can expect from school, including rules and new friends, as well as reassuring them that the teacher is there to help them can go a long way to putting their hearts at ease.

Making sure you have everything you need ready before your little one leaps into their first day will not only make the transfer easier for you, but help alleviate any jitters that come from not being prepared

2. Visit the school before the start of term

If you can familiarise your son or daughter with their new surroundings before term starts, it can really help to settle nerves that invariably arise when visiting a new place for the first time. Pointing out drop-off and collection points, for example, will help to build positive associations in their mind, as will allowing them to gather as much information about their new school as possible.

3. Being organised for the first day

Bad dreams of having the wrong school uniform or forgetting the all-important book bag are best kept as dreams! Making sure you have everything you need ready before your little one leaps into their first day will not only make the transfer easier for you, but help alleviate any jitters that come from not being prepared. Spot checks on school uniform, sports equipment and lunchboxes can be surprisingly valuable. Keeping this preparation as normal and ‘low-key’ as possible will also help minimise the event of the first day and undermine some of those nerves.

4. Speak to other parents

Networking with other parents whose children are joining the same school can open up opportunities for your son or daughter to meet a few peers and even make some friends ahead of time. Arranging a play-date before term will ensure that there is at least one other familiar face in what will appear, at first, as a class full of strangers.

5. Dealing with the day itself

On the day, simply reassuring your child that mum or dad will be there to pick them up in a few hours' time, and that in the meantime the teacher can play surrogate, will help them to realise that they are in safe hands. Making sure you're on time to collect them will soothe any anxious feelings they may have and leave ample time to discuss the day’s events over a rewarding treat or two.

Please do get in touch if you would like further guidance on school choices or school admissions.

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