Preparing for Early Learning and Care

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Preparing for Early Learning and Care

First Year

It is important to continue to help your child to become independent after they make the transition to school.

During the first year of school you can do a number of things to help your child:

  • Establish a good relationship with your child’s class teacher
    • Find out how and when you can talk to them
  • Some children may need extra support when they start school
    • If there’s anything you think might help your child to feel settled, suggest it to their class teacher
  • Many children can find school very tiring especially in the first year
    • It is important that they have free time to relax
  • Check bags regularly for letters
  • Use a family calendar or pin board to help you remember important dates
  • Read and play with your child
    • This will help your child’s oral language skills
    • Role Play and imaginary play will help you child to develop their emotional skills
    • Keep reading and playing with your child throughout the school holidays
  • Get involved in school life yourself.  This is a great way to meet other parents.  Helping with fundraising events, volunteering in the classroom or on class trips, or even taking on the responsibility of being a parent governor can all be valuable and rewarding experiences.