The summer holidays are here and that means before long, a new set of children will be entering nursery for the first time. The summer months are the perfect time to begin the preparations to help ease you and your pre-schooler into the new routine ahead. Here are a few tips we hope you’ll find useful.
- Learn the routine of the nursery and try and incorporate the same routine at home. Find out what time naps and rest times are and begin using the same times at home. Do the same thing with snack and meal times.
- Some nurseries and pre-schools stop naps at age 3. Ask your chosen school about their rules and consider removing nap time for children who won’t be able to continue napping once they start. Alternatively, ask about allowing your child to nap if you believe your child still requires the break.
- Talk to your child about what they will be doing at nursery. Explain about the different activities such as messy time, story time and nap time and so on. Let them know as much about their day as possible.
- Stock up on easy to use clothes and shoes for your child to wear to nursery. Zips and buttons can cause problems at toilet breaks.
- Encourage your child to let you know when they need to use the toilet.
- Visit local playgroups and/or invite other children over for play dates to encourage the development of social skills. Encourage chatting and sharing, but remember that children will learn at their own speed.
- Children can pick up on your anxieties. Stay upbeat, relaxed and enthusiastic when discussing nursery or preschool.
- Do invest in some name tags. Clothes, shoes, toys, lunches and coats can easily get mixed up and lost.
- Play nursery role play with your child and their toys. This is a great way to show your child what they can expect when they arrive.
- Start working in the new bedtime and morning routines now, especially important if you have a child who will happily sleep until 9.
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