Starting school and entering Kindergarten is one of life’s big milestones. Our leadership team which included Principals, Assistant Principals, experienced Teachers and Student Wellbeing came together and prepared special tips for our current and new families with a child starting Kindergarten in 2023.
How to prepare for Kindergarten.
Tip 1. Start routines to set them up for success.
A routine that is visual can be helpful and as simple as a handmade chart for the fridge. A good bedtime routine includes the 3 b’s- bath, book and bed
Encourage independence opportunities eg: play dates and packing away toys.
Tip 2. Practice lunch in the lunchbox.
Having prepared a few lunches in the lunchbox that you intend to send to school is a great idea to check how your child navigates opening and closing the different compartments. It builds confidence and allows them to enjoy their lunchtimes more easily.
Tip 3. Label Everything
Have your child’s uniform, books, stationery, lunchbox, refillable water bottle, and school sunhat all labelled with your child’s name. A good one to remember is also to label shoes.
Tip 4. Always pack a sunhat and teach your child about being sun smart.
Schools are sun smart and will only allow students to play outside with a sunhat. Sunscreen should be applied before students attend school.
Many schools have replaced water bubblers with drinking water taps suitable to refill drink bottles .
Tip 5. Take your photos prior to the Kindergarten start day.
To be more present on the first day of Kindergarten it could be a great idea Dress your child in their uniforms prior to the start of back to school. Take photos in a more relaxed environment instead of the first day of Kindergarten. This means you can focus on your child’s emotional needs on the day rather than the distraction of taking a series of photos.
Tip 6. Have a plan for pick up
Talk to your child about what happens at school pick-up. On the day give yourself plenty of time to get to school and be early so that you are in the agreed place at pick up time.
Tip 7. After school conversations
Avoid asking your children “Did you make a friend today?” for the entire first term. Making friends takes time and asking them all the time can make them feel pressured to have done so. Try asking “How did you help someone today?” This will encourage meaningful connections.
It is a priceless moment for every family. If you know another parent experiencing their child’s first kindergarten day, invite them along to morning tea and share the experience together. Well done to all families and welcome our new kindergarten students, our teachers are ready for you.