Most children will start to feel nervous approaching their first day at school. They might not have been away from their parents for such a long time before, and so there could be some tantrums. However, there are lots of great things you can do to make the situation seem exciting. The ideas and advice on this page come from my personal experience, so you don’t have to copy them completely. Even so, they worked pretty well for my little one in the past, and this article should point you in the right direction.
- Act like you’re excited
Young children tend to imitate adults a lot more than teenagers, and that’s a great thing to know. You can encourage your child to look more favourably on the school by acting excited yourself. Tell them about all the cool things you used to do when you were their age. Mention the fact they can play sports and even learn to swim! Let them know about you favourite teachers and everything you did at school. That will help them to understand that leaving you and spending time with teachers is normal. They will know it’s something that everybody does, and so it shouldn’t seem like such a traumatic change.
- Show them the school
In most instances, your child will have to visit the school a couple of times before you’re accepted. However, young people tend to have rather short memories, and so it’s worth showing them again. A couple of days before they are due to attend, take them one a drive and visit the premises. With a bit of luck, they will ask lots of questions that you can answer. It’s even possible to book appointments with the headteacher if you are concerned about how your child will react.
- Find their classroom
Being able to point their classroom out from outside the building is always a good thing. It should help them to gain their bearings and feel less helpless. You can also walk them to the classroom on their first day in most instances. In fact, many teachers encourage that practice because they know it stops the children from getting upset. The manager of temporary-classrooms.co.uk says that even mobile classrooms are designed to look accommodating. So, it doesn’t matter if your child is in the main building or outside. They should have no trouble accepting their new surroundings with their parent’s support.
The only other thing you might want to think about relates to other students at the school. Most little children get to socialise from a very young age. However, this might be the first time your loved on has encountered a room full of thirty children. So, make sure they feel excited about the process of making new friends. At the end of the day, they are going to meet people on their first day who they will know for the rest of their lives. The contacts they make now could help them to score a good job one day. Make sure they know how important it is to be kind and make friends because that will make their time at school more pleasurable.