Moving from Pre-School to Primary School
Throughout their time at pre-school, children develop so many new skills and really blossom as individuals. The transition from pre-school to primary school is a big change and this transition can be hard for both children and their parents. It is often when it really hits home that your child is growing up and for them, it may be the first time they are aware of the upcoming change.
Growing and Moving on is Good!
By focussing on the positives it’s easy to see how growing up and moving on is good for everyone:
- Pre-school will have prepared them well for school and taught them so much. They will feel ready to move onto the next stage.
- Moving on is special and parents should encourage their child to feel proud of their achievements so far.
- Learning to leave one setting and move successfully onto the next is a life skill that will be useful when they move on to high school, college, university and throughout their chosen career path.
Why is it hard for Parents and Children?
Whether this is the first child to leave pre-school or the last, parents often find this transition the hardest as it signifies that their baby has grown up! Children can find a long summer holiday followed by a return to full time hours in a brand new setting a bit of a shock. This transition can be made easier with a bit of planning and by following some of our tips.
Ways to Help Prepare your Child for School
You can help reassure your child that going to ‘big school’ is an exciting new adventure over the Summer holidays – let them know just how wonderful growing up is and all the fun that awaits them.
- You can visit the school to familiarise them with their new surroundings. If taster sessions are available these are a good way to introduce your child to their new teacher.
- Reading books about starting school with your child is a great way to let your child bring up any fears they may have and encourage discussion around starting school.
- Let older children you know tell them all the best bits of their school day; they could even role play as teacher and give your child a feel of school.
- If it’s the first time they will eat apart from you, do your best to prepare them for eating independently by practising using cutlery and developing good table manners.
- Buy their new uniform well in advance and let them practise getting dressed and undressed – this is handy for those busy mornings and also good for P.E class.
- Rehearse asking to use the toilet, flushing and washing their hands independently.
Taking some time to prepare your child means they will look upon this transition as something exciting and that they have it to look forward to. They will enjoy the anticipation of what is to come and go into their new year at school with confidence and a smile.
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This post was written by Anna Taylor