Top Tips for Helping Youngsters Settle into a New School
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There’s a bittersweet feeling for children when they reach the end of school. On one hand, they have completed a chapter in their lives and have bigger and better things to look forward to. Yet on the other hand, it can be scary. Leaving all of their friends behind and the school that they’ve gotten used to. They will have a new route to school which they will need to learn and make new friends by putting themselves out there. We know how hard the move can be for both children and parents which is why we’ve teamed up with a private school in Potters Bar to share some tips.
There are a range of children’s books that you can find on how to prepare them for a new school. In the story books they will be able to follow characters along in their journey which can make the move seem less daunting.
Visit the School
Before the move, your child will have plenty of opportunities to visit their new school. Open days are a great chance for them to familiarise themselves with the school environment and teaching staff there. Some schools even offer transition or taster days to help reduce the anxiety that children feel about moving to a new school and are worth looking into.
Build Up Their Excitement
The way that you talk about their new school can shape how they feel about the move. You can help them to feel excited as opposed to sad and anxious by reassuring them that they will have lots of new friends that they will be able to make and school playgrounds to explore.
A Comforter or Toy
If your child has a good luck charm or something that gives them comfort, if they’re able to, why not send them into school with it. It will help them to feel less anxious and better about the move.