How to help your child settle into a new school..early weeks

* As a parent, it is important to get organized early (the night before the first day of school)

Some examples include:

  1. Preparing your child’s school bag with the items list.
  2. Labeling your child’s belongings.
  3. Packing an extra snack and water bottle.

This in return would reduce the stress of trying to get out the door in the mornings and you can focus on your child and how they’re feeling on that specific morning. The calmer you are, the calmer drop-offs would be.

* Stay with your child

It’s good to make time to stay with your child as they get used to being without you at school. You could read a book together, play quietly or watch your child do activities. As you and your child become more comfortable at school, you’ll develop a drop-off routine that works for both of you.

* Say “See you later”

When it’s time to go, it’s important to let your child know you’re going and when you’ll be back. Give your child a hug and a kiss, say “see you later” to your child’s teacher and leave promptly. This makes it easier for your child to settle down with their teacher

* Build a relationship with your child’s early childhood teachers

Your child is more likely to feel secure at child care if they see that you have a good relationship with his/her teacher. If your child can see that you trust their teacher, your child is more likely to trust the teacher too.

Most importantly, always remember that if you have any concerns about how your child is settling in at school, it’s best to talk to your child’s teacher and keep an open communication with him/her.

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