As many parents will know, the thought of your pre-schooler entering into full-time education can be a daunting one. Of course, parents are also excited about their littles ones starting this important journey in life, but it can also be difficult to get used to your child being away from home five days a week having to learn independence and go it alone. It can also be difficult for your child to get used to a whole new way of life at an early age.
The good news is that there are things that you can do in order to prepare both your child and yourself as a parent for this new adventure in life. By thinking ahead and starting the process gradually, your child will benefit, and you will find it much easier to deal with your child moving into full-time education. In this article, we will look at some steps you can take to prepare your child for this new world of full-time education.
Steps to Help Make the Transition Easier
There are various steps that can help to make the transition into full-time education easier for your child as well as for you. Some of these are:
Arrange Play Dates
One of the things you should consider doing is arranging more play dates for your little one with local children in the area, cousins and the children of close friends, and other children of a similar age. This will enable your child to build confidence being around other children of the same age, and it will enable them to get more involved in activities with others. This is a great way to get your child used to being around other children the same age, and it will help to encourage them when it comes to participation, socialising, and coming out of their shells.
Enroll at Preschool Facility
It can prove invaluable to enroll at a preschool facility, as this will benefit both your child and you as the parent. You can slowly get used to your child being away from home while at preschool, which means you can become accustomed to this gradually. Your child will also find it much easier to get used to being away from parents and siblings for extended periods, which is essential when it comes to preparing for full-time education.
Start Learning the Basics
Another thing you should do is to start teaching your little one the basics such as very basic math and English skills, shapes, colours, and other essentials. There are plenty of educational apps and software options you can consider to help you with this. In addition, if you enroll your little one at preschool, they will be able to learn the basics with other children of the same age. This can prove invaluable when it comes to improving their confidence in terms of learning and preparing them for full-time education at school.
Hone Practical Skills
You should also hone your child’s practical skills, which means avoiding the temptation to do everything for them. Let them be more independent when it comes to things such as going to the bathroom, getting themselves ready, tying up shoelaces, and other basic things. Of course, you can still be there to help but let them do things on their own with you just supervising, as this is what they will need to do when they are at school.
Start Your Child Off on the Right Footing at Preschool
When you enroll your children at preschool, they will learn everything from spending time with other children their own age to learning basics and developing independence. To find out more about our preschool facility, contact the team at Happy Hippo today.