Navigating the first day of school

January 21st, 2013
Starting school is always a nervous time for both parent and child. Children usually experience a mixture of excitement and trepidation as the first big day looms. Here are a few helpful tips to make your child’s first day as smooth as possible.

Try out the uniform and shoes before the first day so your child gets used to the concept of wearing a uniform and you can check everything still fits.

Start offering your child different options for their lunch box. Decide together the preferred healthy options.

We have had a hot summer so encourage your child to drink from their water bottle at home so they are familiar with water bottles for the start of school.

“No hat no play’. Make sure your child knows this.

Pack their school bag together so they know where everything is.

Walk into the classroom with your child and meet the teacher together.

If you know of another child going into the same class, organise a play date before school starts so they are familiar with at least one other student in the class.

Encourage your child to be themselves. Jessica’s Box by Peter Carnavas is a terrific book that illustrates this perfectly.

We salute all those parents madly doing the shoe and stationary shopping! May your child’s first day be full of love and support.
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