Children Starting School

As parents / carers you play a vital role in the education of your children.  This process begins long before they come to school, as you share activities and outings, provide different interests, talk with and listen to them and assist their development in many ways.  As the time for school approaches, there are ways in which you can help prepare your child and make his/her entry to school happy and free from pressures.

Here are a few suggestions to help you.

  • Visit the school as often as you can.
  • Get to know other children who are starting school at the same time.
  • Help your child to look after his/her own belongings, to be able to dress, undress, recognise his own name on his clothes, use the toilet independently, and to eat with a knife and fork.
  • Teach your child to share toys, be prepared to take a turn and tidy and clear away toys.
  • Let your child get used to mixing with other children and adults.
  • Encourage your child to be independent, and to do things for themselves.
  • Be positive about starting school (hide any of your own worries or fears).
  • Talk to your child and listen when he or she talks to you.
  • Be consistent with your child and have realistic expectations of what they can do.
  • Read to him/her and encourage an enjoyment of books.
  • Help your child to recognise letters, especially those in his/her own name.   Use lower case letters not capitals.
  • Play games such as Snakes and Ladders, I-Spy, Dominoes etc.
  • Help your child to realise how numbers occur in everyday life, e.g. buses, house numbers etc.
  • Inform the school of any health, social or emotional problems your child may have.

If you need any advice, do come and see us, we are here to help you.