Preparing for primary school

Here are 5 tips to prepare your child for primary school in the weeks before term starts to make the transition easier.

Image: The transition from preschool to primary school can take some time to get used to.

1. Establish routines

Kindergarten children can get very tired at night because they are doing so many new and exciting things. For this reason, it helps if you keep routines like bath time, meals and reading routines as regular as possible.

2. Travel to and from school safely

How you choose to get your child to and from school is your responsibility. Your child's school wants this to happen safely every day.

Pick the safest way to school and practise travelling the route with your child. Talk about how to be a safe road user.

Keep our school community safe by:

  • modelling safe road use to your child
  • always holding your child's hand when walking on the footpath, through carparks and across the road
  • using the safest spot to cross the road
  • never calling your child from across the road
  • parking legally even if it means being further away and walking the rest of the way to school.

Share this information with your child?s carers such as grandparents, nannies and friends who may be taking your child to or from school.

Learn more ways of safely travelling to and from school with your child.

3. Know your school

Become familiar with school activities and develop a relationship with the school. If you are positive and encouraging about school, your child is more likely to be positive too.

Both the students and teachers will appreciate your involvement and assistance in activities including sports, excursions, music practice and drama presentations.

4. Enforce 'stranger danger'

Educate your child about 'stranger danger'. Teach your child not to talk to strangers and not to accept gifts or lifts from someone that they do not know.

5. Label everything

Label equipment and clothing. Replacing lost clothing and equipment is expensive and inconvenient. You should clearly mark every item with your child's name. Make sure their name isn't visible from the outside of their bag while they're travelling to and from school.

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