Primary school routines
For primary school age kids, and especially kindy kids, a routine will help both you and your child make each day the best it can be.
At first, you might like to stay for a while until your child feels secure at school. When your child has settled into school, a short and reassuring goodbye encourages independence. Let them know who will pick them up at the end of the day.
Picking up children at the end of the day
When school finishes each day, your child’s class will gather at a regular place. Your child’s teacher will wait with the children. Make sure your child and their teacher know who will be collecting them each afternoon. Children can get upset if the person picking them up comes late. Check with their teacher about the best time to arrive in the afternoon and where to stand.
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. It’s important to leave time for your child to play and get a good night’s sleep each night.
Getting to and from school safely
How you choose to get your child to and from school is a parent responsibility however your child’s school wants this to happen safely every day of the year.
Walking provides opportunities
Walking with your child is a great time to chat about the day.
- you can teach them real life skills for how to be a safe pedestrian
- it saves money (car wear and tear and petrol costs)
- it’s good for everyone’s physical activity and general wellbeing
- It's good for the environment and less congestion around your school.
Be a role model
Whichever way you choose for getting your child to and from school always be a positive role model by:
- using the safest place to cross the road. Where possible use pedestrian crossings and traffic lights even if this means walking further
- buckling up all seat belts before turning the car on
- ensuring your child is in a booster seat until they are 7years of age or 145 cm tall
- following the road rules, and parking legally even if this means parking further away and walking the rest of the way to school
- never call to your child across the road
- meet and drop your child inside the school gate.
Share this information with your child’s carers such as grandparents, nannies and friends who may be taking or picking up your child from school.
Learn more ways of safely travelling to and from school with your child.
Outside of school hours care
Services that care for children outside of school hours and vacation care are often run from schools or near schools. Your school can give you information about these services in your area. The Child Care Benefit helps eligible families with the cost of child care for outside of school hours care and vacation care.