So its that time of year again, where lots of mummies and us nannies prepare to send their little ones off to big school for the first time. I remember it being a very emotional time, letting go of them and trusting someone else to look after them is scary. So, I thought i would share this great list of things you can do to help your little one - and you- cope that little bit easier! I think if you know they are going to be prepared and can be that little bit more independent it will help you get through those first few days without needing to reach for the wine quite so early in the day!!!
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Lois Banthorpe is feeling inspired.
I've been teaching reception for 12 years and every year I present a talk to a room full of parents about how they can help their children get ready for school. I repeat all the usual bits and bobs year on year but now I'm preparing my own son for reception I'm becoming more aware of a whole host of incidental tiny things that will help him cope with this big change.
So, with a few weeks left before term starts here's a list that no teacher will think to tell you...
Give your child whole
apples for snack, let them peel their satsumas and open their own bananas.
Put a keyring on their bags/belongings so they're easy to spot amongst the 30 identical ones.
Teach them to turn their clothes the right way round (so after PE/forest school they can dress independently).
Teach them to take their school jumper/cardigan off and put it back on.
Let them put their own suncream on (occasionally!)
Get them used to drinking water (schools can't provide squash so it's likely children will be offered water to drink during the day).
Teach them to take a straw out of the packaging and put it into a drinks carton (this is how the free milk is provided).
Teach them to be independent in the bathroom.
Make sure they can recognise their own name and show them what their clothing name labels look like.
Leave their school belongings visible in the house and in clothes drawers so they become used to them and it's less change on their first day.
Let them choose to wear their uniform before the new term starts (G has been choosing to wear his school socks everyday; one less change will help).
Practice having packed lunches and opening food containers independently.
Let them use adult cutlery (this is usually all that is offered by school catering companies).
Show them how to sit with their legs crossed.
Explain what PE is (physical education) and have a go at getting ready.
Teach them to ask for help.
I doubt I've thought of everything and please understand that as a reception teacher we do everything to help make starting school easy and trouble free, these are just little things that should make this easier and if your child can take all these in their stride there will be more time for them to play with their new friends and enjoy all the excitement that school offers.