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.

Before you start

Enrolment

Schools can help with enrolment questions throughout the year. You may need to attend an interview with the principal. There you can discuss any disability or additional learning and support needs, medical conditions, or other special circumstances before your child starts school. The school will work with you to develop a personalised learning and support plan, healthcare plan or a behaviour support plan if needed to support your child’s needs.

Telephone Interpreter Service

If you would like more information from the school and you need an interpreter, please call the Telephone Interpreter Service on 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language.

Tell the operator the phone number of the school you want to call and the operator will get an interpreter on the line to assist you with the conversation. You will not be charged for this service.

Voluntary school contributions

All NSW public schools can request contributions to enhance educational and sporting programs. School contributions are voluntary and payment is a matter for decision by parents.

Financial assistance for extra-curricular activities

Schools may charge for extra-curricular activities that go beyond the minimum requirements of the curriculum. Parents who are unable to pay for extra-curricular activities because of financial hardship may be eligible for assistance from the school.

The principal will ensure no student or family suffers any discrimination or embarrassment over failure to make a voluntary or extra-curricular contribution.

Budgeting for new costs

Schools usually provide most things Kindergarten students will use in the classroom, but starting school may require new items such as uniforms and school shoes. It may be helpful to check with your child’s school so you can budget for the items your child will need.

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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