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Starting School Advice

Kids and their families look forward to the start of the school year. It's a major step, especially for those starting prep school or transitioning to high school. ​​​​​


Here are some suggestions for how you may assist your child have a successful first day of school.


For us at ToeZone, the start of the school year is a really exciting moment. We go on a new adventure every year, with new fashions and technologies. We are ecstatic to be able to provide our senior school pupils with new dress styles this year.


However, we all know that with new school adventures comes new nerves! Many parents have expressed concern about their children entering school shortly. As a result, we turned to our #Toezone team of mums on our Instagram and our followers with school-aged children for advice, kind words, and support for any parent confronting the school stairs for the first time.


The Year Before School:

  • Inquire about your child's feelings about entering school.
  • Encourage your child to inquire about his or her school day.
  • Assist your youngster in maintaining his or her health. Make sure kids have regular health and dental exams, as well as up-to-date immunizations.
  • Encourage your youngster to complete tasks independently. Dressing, using the restroom, cleaning their hands, unwrapping their food, and opening and closing their water bottle and lunchbox are all examples of this.
  • Talk to your friends and other families about what it's like to go to school.
  • Consult your kid's early childhood educator for ideas on how you may help your child at home.
  • Discuss how you may participate in your child's learning and development at school with the school.


During the Summer Holidays

  • Show your youngster the location of the school and discuss how you will get there.
  • Make plans to play with other families whose children will attend the same school. It is advantageous if your child knows another student at their school when they begin prep.
  • Prepare your child for school by practicing the tasks that he or she will need to do (e.g. putting things in their bag, remembering to take a hat).
  • Confirm and explain your child's before and after school care plans.
  • Maintain a cheerful attitude about the start of school and take pleasure in your child's delight.
  • Visit your local library and read books on starting school with your child.


The First Day of School

  • Make sure your child understands who will drop them off and pick them up on the first day of school.
  • The night before, assist your child in organizing their clothes, hat, shoes, and socks.
  • Assist your child in packing a snack, drink, lunch, and hat for school.
  • In a plastic bag, put an extra pair of underpants and a change of clothes. Make sure your child knows they have these clothes in their backpack in case of an accident at school.
  • If necessary, apply sunscreen to your youngster in the morning.
  • Show your child where you'll be waiting for them at the end of the day.
  • Talk to your child about what happened at school at the end of the day.


The First Year of School

  • Discover what your child is studying at school. You may help your child's learning and learn how he or she is adjusting to school by doing so.
  • Talk to your child's teacher if he or she is having trouble at school. Your youngster can also express what they believe will be beneficial to them.
  • Continue to discuss school with your youngster. Inquire about their new experiences, including what they enjoy and what they find difficult.
  • Find a mechanism to share your kid's school success with the staff if your child attends before or after school care.
  • Share your child's first-day-of-school experience with the school and early childhood service.
  • Make time for your child to play with his or her new friends.


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