Top Tips for a Tip Top First Half Term

 Yippee! All being well your little ones will have started school by now and you will be establishing good routines that will help them settle and ease the pressure you may have been feeling.

Yippee! All being well your little ones will have started school by now and you will be establishing good routines that will help them settle and ease the pressure you may have been feeling.

Here are our top tips for this first half term!

  • Routines are key. Establish good routines that will help mornings, after school sessions and bedtimes run smoothly. The familiarity of a school day routine will give your child reassurance and help them settle into the pattern of attending school.

  • Don’t sweat the weekends/evenings. Accept that your child will be tired when they come home! They are adapting to a new environment, new friends and new routines. With this in mind make sure weekends and evenings are relaxed with plenty of opportunities for children to catch up with their favourite home activities and toys.

  • Children often don’t want to talk about what they have done. Do not be upset or worried if your child is not very forthcoming about what they have done at school. It is quite usual for children when asked what they have done to say ‘nothing’. This reply always made us laugh because this is the one thing that children definitely don’t do!

  • Children love school resources. If your child comes home with a pocket of school resources just explain that these items belong in school and return them without a fuss the next day.

  • Build up support networks. Make contact with other parents in the same class to build up a support network for your self.

  • Nip worries in the bud. If you or your child have any worries mention them to the teacher so these can be sorted before they become a problem.

  • Toilet accidents are a common occurrence. Even children who are usually competent at using the toilet may have accidents in these initial stages. Children become engrossed in what they are doing and may leave it too late. If this happens don’t make a fuss!

  • Hiccups can occur. Children who appear happy at school may suddenly become unsettled. Teachers have lots of tricks up their sleeves to help combat these blips and they are usually short lived and easily sorted.

  • Listen to the school’s advice. This may be your first experience of a reception class but it is unlikely to be the staff’s first experience. Teachers should keep you informed and tell you if there is anything you can do to support your child at home.
    Don’t worry about phonics. Schools will have established systems for teaching children to read and write all of which you can support by using our Letters and Sounds box at home.

  • Above all enjoy these first weeks they are very precious.