Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Preparation Key to Success; It's Never Too Early to Start Getting Your Child Ready for Their First Day

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Preparation Key to Success; It's Never Too Early to Start Getting Your Child Ready for Their First Day

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AS A parent, you play a vital role in your child's education. There are many things you can do to make your child's first day and time at school more enjoyable.

You can help your child prepare for their first year of school in a number of ways.

1. Improving their independence

Before your child starts school, you should encourage them to be independent by helping them practise packing and carrying their own school bag, putting on their shoes, eating and drinking without help, going to the toilet on their own, using tissues to blow their nose and recognising their belongings.

2. Having a daily routine

Daily routines can help children understand what they need to do, when to do it each day and why it's important.

To help prepare your child for school, get them into a routine which includes going to bed early, waking up at a certain time and leaving plenty of time to get ready, having a healthy breakfast (to provide energy and promote concentration), preparing and eating lunch and making time for physical activities. Before your child starts school, make sure you talk to them about what to expect. Remember to be flexible, as it may take them some time to understand their new routine and adjust socially.

3. Packing a healthy lunch

When packing your child's lunch provide healthy and filling food and drinks (not sweets and chips) in realistic quantities for morning tea and lunch and make sure they can easily open wrapped items and their lunch box. Provide a variety of smaller items instead of one or two large items and include a water bottle and encourage your child to use it every day.

4. Knowing your school

Help your child get to know the school environment and routine by driving past and walking around the school, especially during school hours, so your child gets used to the number of children, and their movements within the school grounds. …

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