Transitioning tips during the back-to-school season

Back-to-school season is a time that can be stressful for both parents and children. The transition and change in routine can cause anxiety and behaviour issues – even for the kids that are most excited to get back at it! It’s important that parents plan ahead and take the time to ease the transition in order to ensure a successful start.

Here are a few tips on how to do this:

  1. Before school or child care starts, review any materials sent by the school. These materials may include information about your child’s teacher, their room number, extracurricular activities and important dates. Once you know who your child’s teacher is, make an effort to go in and meet them. This will allow your child to visit the school first so that it’s lessens the anxiety of being in a new environment.  In a centre, you can also take advantage of the free transition week to assist your young child.
  2. Establish new routines at home like bedtime, meal time and teeth-brushing at least one week before school starts. It’s a good idea to set up a bedtime reading routine to get your child in the habit of making time for homework. These little practices will get your child ready for a more structured day at school and will also benefit them in terms of not becoming overwhelmed by the combination of school work, recreational activities and any chores they have to do at home.
  3. If your child isn’t quite old enough to be heading back to school, maybe they’re getting ready to return to child care. The same principles apply. Go with your child to visit the facility. This will allow them to get familiar with the environment so that it will be easier on their first day. It will also give you something to reference when discussing it with your child beforehand.
  4. If it’s your child’s first time at school or daycare, they may be a little bit nervous. This is completely natural. Make it easier on them by always making sure to say goodbye and telling them you’ll be back later. Goodbyes are hard but sneaking away is worse! 
  5. Always make an effort to remain calm and positive. If you’re feeling stressed or have experienced problems in the past, acknowledge this and move forward. Your child feeds off your energy, so if you’re excited for school or daycare, they’re more likely to be excited too!
  6. Practice how to open lunch cotainers. Some of the lunch containers made today have a tight swl to avoid spillage, so it is good to practice opening these items every day so it won't be as difficult when school starts. Not to mention, teachers have their hands full with 20 - 30 students in a class to help, they will also appreciate having 1 less container to open.
  7. Practice using zippers, buttons and tying shoelaces. Littles are very used to us helping them get dressed and undressed. Help instill some independence by teaching them to open and close their own jackets and tying their own shoes. Need tips on how to teach shoe tying, check out this blog.

Thank you Kids & company for sharing these great transition tips. If you would like to learn more about their daycare facility please click here.