Preparing Your Child for Kindy and School

As long as I can remember, all I wanted to be when I grew up was a hairdresser. Determined, at the age of 16, I applied for an apprenticeship and participated in a trial day at a trendy hair salon. I quickly changed my career aspirations, as from this experience, I realised there was no way I could become a hairdresser, because “what if I ruined someone’s hair?” So I became a teacher instead. The irony! A teacher, primed with one of the most important roles in a child’s life, taking on the position of care for 25 sets of parents’ most precious cargo, in comparison, “ruining someone’s hair” might not be so disastrous!  Thankfully, it was a good choice.  I now get to participate in the dream weaving of ideas and learning with amazing minds.

A teacher, primed with one of the most important roles in a child’s life, taking on the position of care for 25 sets of parents’ most precious cargo.

Transitioning our children to the responsibility of another adult, especially those primed with the role of educating our children, is no easy step. Aside from wanting the best first formal educational opportunity for our children, we are very aware of the social and emotional needs of our child, that can burden our choice making, including age, location and curriculum. Once we make the decision and the time comes to send our child to school, then come the steps of transition (not just for us!). We generally don’t know how our child will fare in the learning setting until they arrive and settle. The different social nuances, changed expectations from the play centres at home or childcare, teacher personality and a room full of other children with varying experiences, is overwhelming, let alone for a young poppet. Some thrive, and others find it difficult. For those of us who experience a transition to Kindy or Prep or from Kindy to Prep, which is far from smooth, there are levers we can pull quickly without being seen as the overly cautious mum or dad.

Preparing Your Child For Kindy and School;

  • Having the conversation early on with your child’s educator is very important. The sooner we have the information about changes in mood and behaviour at home, the more we can do to provide adaptions and solutions – you know your child best and pick up on changes more quickly than we do.
  • Use picture books, stories and drawing, tools such as conversation games, or mood meter applications on smart phones to track the progress and preempt possible transition meltdowns.
  • Chat with your child about what they are feeling, beyond the excitement of the first days to find out what they are really thinking.

Remember, help is available before making the education choice and when you get in to the classroom. We all want the best for every child, every day.

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