Six tips on what to do before the first day of school

The first day of school is exciting and nerve-wracking, as some children might be starting school for the first time, going to a new school or going to high school. However, planning and preparing for the first day of school can help calm your child’s nerves. 

Here are some things you can check before the first day of school:

  1. School Guidelines/Information Packs

Most schools would have sent a 2021 information pack to all parents by now. This should contain all the vital information that parents need to know, such as school times, aftercare, stationery, uniforms and extra-mural activities. It is essential to familiarise yourself with this information, as it will help you prepare for the first day of school. 

  1. Arrivals and dismissals procedure

Due to Covid-19 regulations, most schools might not allow parents to go into the school premises. 

This might be daunting for parents whose children are going to school for the first time; however, teachers are trained to ensure that your child feels safe and at ease on their first day of school. 

Ask your child’s school about what you need to do when you drop your child off at school on the first day. Knowing the process will help you feel at ease and help you to prepare your child mentally.

  1. Check that your child has all school supplies 

Check that your child has the correct stationery and school supplies they will need. There is nothing worse than getting to school and realising that you forgot something. The day before going to school,  check that your child has all the things they need for school in their school bag. 

  1. Go on a virtual tour of the school 

Go online and search for a virtual school tour of your child’s school. This will give you and your child an idea of what the school looks like. Being familiar with the environment will help your child be at ease when they arrive on the first day. 

  1. Talk to your child 

With the first day of school being both exciting and scary for your child, it is vital to have a conversation with them about their first day of school. Encourage them to speak up and let their teacher know when they require assistance.  

  1. Get to know your child’s teacher

Teachers usually go back to school before the schools open to prepare for the reopening of schools. If you know who your child’s teacher is, it might be worth giving them a call and introducing yourself to them. Building a rapport with your child’s teacher is important for your child’s success at school.

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