Health and wellbeing at primary school

Your child’s health and wellbeing is a priority for their school and you'll also play an key role in supporting their health and wellbeing at home.

Image: Primary school is an opportunity for your child to exercise their independence, make new friends and learn more themselves.

Create healthy routines

Three quick tips to support your child's health and wellbeing in primary school:
  1. Make sure your child is getting a good night's sleep and at least 30 minutes of daily exercise.
  2. Cook nutritious meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner and make sure they're eating regularly.
  3. Encourage your child to stay hydrated, even in the colder months.
Learn more healthy routines you can create for child so they have the best start at primary school.

Easy ways to talk to your child

  • Check in with your child before, particularly after school. You can ask them:
"How was your day?"
"What did you learn?"
"What was the highlight?"
  • Communicate with comfort and connection. Be relaxed in your facial expression and body, get down to your child’s level and offer gentle touch or affection.
"I know Kindy is different to preschool. We have to go to school. Let's sit together and figure out how to make this easier."
  • Validate and relate to your child’s feelings. Consider how they're experiencing the situation from their point of view.
  • Discuss and set limits. Support your child to consider the bigger picture and help them solve problems. Wishes and feelings are acceptable but some behaviours are not. It is important to remain calm, clear and assertive.
"I hear you want to play more. It's important you get a good night's sleep before school. It's bedtime."
"I can see you are frustrated but it is not OK to yell and hit."
  • Notice and address any physical, behavioural or emotional changes. Normal reactions to stress include tiredness, struggling to fall asleep, boredom, feeling irritable or acting out, being withdrawn or avoiding school and homework, complaints of an upset stomach or headache, excessively asking questions, or seeking reassurance.

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Strategies to help support your child during a crisis, such as natural disasters, a pandemic or a personal family situation.

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