Starting Kindergarten is one of the major transitions an individual will make throughout their lives. The new school environment and its rhythm are completely new for children. While the transition to school can be a time of eagerness and excitement, it can also bring a sense of feeling uncertain, hesitant, or even a little anxious.
During the first weeks at Nowra Anglican College, our initial goals include, assisting all children to establish a sense of belonging, nurturing a growth mindset in his/her approach to new levels of learning, and to empower the children to opt in to new opportunities across the spectrum of school life.
By supporting a child’s emotional and social adjustment to new school life, we are nurturing and empowering the whole child whilst at the same time valuing and acknowledging the individual character each child brings.
Encouraging children to share and talk about what they learnt each day is a great way to keep them positive and engaged with what they are learning. Ask your child questions to help reinforce what they have learnt, what good things happened to them that day and how they would like to practice different skills at home.
A few good examples are:
During the first few days and weeks, it is natural for both parents and children to experience a range of emotions, including excitement, anticipation, and apprehension. You can help your child by focusing on the positives.
In the morning, when your child has settled to an activity, say ‘goodbye’ just once and then leave, assuring your child that you will be there to pick them up in the afternoon. Do not delay your departure as it only increases children’s anxiety if they sense your apprehension. Be confident that your child will have a wonderful day and will be keen to come again. If there are any problems, be assured that we will call you.
Our teachers are here to help you as parents and to make your child’s first year at school enjoyable. If you ever have concerns, we invite you to make an appointment with the class teacher at a mutually agreeable time. We value your encouragement and support and look forward to the start of an exciting journey together.
If you are interested in reading more, Maggie Dent, author, educator, and resilience specialist has a great blog post Getting little ones ready for big school on her website.