Now seriously, where does the time go? It only feels like yesterday that I was bringing home my first born from hospital, but fast forward three years and I’m suddenly finding myself sending my little Possum off to preschool. It’s quite hard to believe that we have reached this point already!
Despite all that, I was determined to be well prepared and implement some great routines that will have us ready for anything preschool could throw at us, bugs included.
Here are our tips on preparing your child for preschool, from our own experience.
- Talking positively about preschool prior to Possum arriving was very reassuring to her. It also opened up the opportunities for us to talk about what she could possibly expect from attending and air any concerns she might have.
- Visiting the preschool with Possum, prior to her start date, allowed her to become familiar with the classroom and playground environment and get to know her teachers.
- Reading lots of ‘back to school’ books were top of our priority in the weeks leading up to Possum starting preschool. We found they were a great tool for her to learn more about what she could expect from preschool and we simply borrowed them from our local library.
- We used a permanent laundry marker to clearly name everything! Socks, underwear and any spare clothing that would likely go along to preschool were done. Hats, shoes and drink bottles also need to be clearly named. We also purchased some personalised labels, which you can simply iron onto clothing. Easy!
- Finding out what your child needs to bring to preschool is important and we wasted no time in finding out with the information pack we were given. You can very well imagine how a child would feel if they were the only one without a fruit snack or library bag.
- Be prepared for all those common childhood complaints. Something such as worms can easily be treated with Combantrin® chocolate squares . Having these available in the medicine cabinet will see you getting on top of any worm problem quickly, which will also reduce the risk of spreading to other children or family members.
- As part of our routine, I helped Possum set out all her clothing, shoes and bag (with all her required bits) the night before preschool. This would ultimately avoid any potential drama and keep things organised and calm in the morning.And finally…
- We decided to have a check list on the fridge of things that need to be done before leaving the house for preschool. It serves as a great reminder to apply sunscreen and not to forget to take out the snack box from the fridge and add it to the preschool bag.
And so preschool has begun and Possum absolutely loves it. She has settled in very well and we are like a well oiled steam train when it comes to preparing for preschool. I hope our tips are helpful to you.
I do believe that by preparing and implementing some good solid routines early, you and your child will look upon preschool positively. Don’t forget though, it’s important to do whatever works for your family and not be afraid to fine tune how you get things done.
What tips do you have for preparing your child for preschool?
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