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Helping Children Settle into the School Routine

Posted by Lynette - on

The new school year has arrived and many children have left nursery school and begun their journey at their new primary school. Many adults find the whole transition period more stressful than their children. But even those children that are enjoying the new environment can have problems with tiredness and the simple realisation that school takes place for most of the day, five times a week.  

We thought we would share a few tips to help the next few weeks run smoothly for you both:

  • Rest is vital. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the whole after school clubs routine and hobbies but children need time to relax and unwind. You’ll need to enforce the bedtime routine and provide your child with plenty of down time after school and at weekends too.
  • Be organised and help your child by setting a good example. Set out the school uniform, sort out the book bag and prepare the lunch boxes too. By doing so your child will be aware of the fact that school is happening again the next day plus the mornings aren’t as hectic.
  • Encourage communication. Don’t fill your child’s head up with stories that might be worrying to them, such as bullying and don’t force friendships to happen. Let your child get settled in but let them know that you are there if they do have any concerns. Set aside some time each day to have a private catch up.
  • Try not to show your concerns, be encouraging and positive. If you’re nervous or worried about the interactions in the playground your child is more likely to pick up on them and feel nervous themselves. If you do have any concerns speak to your child’s teacher, they are there to help.

Do you have any tips to share? Visit Golden Bear Toys on Facebook and share your advice on our wall. 

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