Tips for your child’s first day

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

The first day of Kindergarten is a big event in your child’s life – and that of your entire family.

To help you make the most of the day and enjoy the experience, the NSW Department of Education has provided some helpful tips.

The night before:

● Lay out your child’s clothes, shoes and socks.
● Make your child’s morning tea and lunch and put it in the fridge.
● Help your child pack their school bag.
● Pack a spare pair of underpants, socks and a change of clothes. Let your child know these are there in case they have any toilet accidents at school.

On the day:

● Be confident with your child and let them dress themselves as much as possible.
● Tie back or plait long hair.
● Apply sunscreen and get your child to wear their hat on the way to school.
● Don’t forget to take photos.

Saying goodbye:

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, and make sure you or that person picks your child up on time.

School routines:

At the end of the school day, Kindergarten children can get very tired 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.