Moving from nursery to big school is a big change for your child. They will need to learn their way around a much larger space, meet new teachers and make new friends. They will also need to adjust to a new school routine and become more independent. All of these changes can feel overwhelming for many children; however, there are many ways that parents can help to prepare their children for this exciting new chapter. To help you get started, here is some great advice from Mill Hill School.
To help your child settle into their new school, it is important to get to know their new surroundings as early as possible. Take your child along to open days and events at the school, where they can meet the teachers and learn their way around. It can also be really helpful to arrange a visit on a normal school day, where your child will be able to experience daily school life.
Perhaps you have a friend, neighbour or relative who already attends the school? If so, this is an ideal way for your child to find out more about their new teachers and ask questions. You should also be able to find lots of useful information on the school website, such as upcoming events.
Your child is bound to feel nervous about starting their new school. Let your child know that what they are feeling is normal and all of their classmates will be feeling the same. You could try and relate their feelings to a time when you felt nervous, such as when you started school or a new job. Then move on to another good memory from that day to reinforce a positive outlook.
Talk to your child about some of the exciting things they can look forward to at school, such as any upcoming events or non-uniform days.
Finally, one of the most important things you can do to prepare your child for big school is teach them how to be independent. This means showing them how to do certain tasks by themselves, such as dressing and undressing and washing their hands after visiting the toilet.
Be patient and keep up a positive attitude and it won’t take long before your child gets used to their new routine, makes new friends and feels settled in their new school.