A first day for anyone – can be extremely difficult and stressful, as adults we have the ability to rationalise the situation, and fundamentally we know the reason why we are in the new place, and most importantly when we can go home. For your child they do not have this ability, and in order to minimise the stress for them, but also for you, we would encourage you to follow the steps below to ensure a smooth transition period.
Prior to the first day please talk to your child about ‘going to school’ or about their ‘new school’; if possible arrange (with the headmistress) to visit their classroom, it is often best for new children starting school during term time, if this happens outside of classroom hours, without other children or the teacher being present. The children can familiarise themselves with the ares, toilets and toy etc.
If your child has already been to school and you are confident that they can settle easily, and will be comfortable at our school from day one, you are not require to stay with him/her. If however this is the first time your child is coming to school we prefer to settle children slowly into school we therefore need a parents or a carer to stay at school to comfort and support him/her for at least the first few days.