It is a big moment when your child starts Kindergarten – and it is an exciting time for the whole family.
Getting ready for Kindergarten
Helping your child transition from home to school, and ensuring they have a positive first experience, is really important because it helps shape the way they think about school in the future.
Preparing for school
There are many things you can do to help your child settle in Kindergarten:
- Talk with your child about going to Kindergarten, the exciting things they will do and the friends they will make.
- Attend Kindergarten orientation with your child.
- If there is no orientation, call your school to organise a visit with your child. Spend time looking at all the activities going on, show them where their bag goes and where the toilets are.
- Go shopping together to buy a special lunch box and drink bottle, a school bag and uniform items.
- Label all your child’s belongings with their name.
- Set up a routine each morning to get them used to getting ready for school.
- Iron clothes and prepare nutritious lunches the night before. This makes the morning routine easier.
- Buy clothing with large buttons or Velcro so your child can dress themselves.
- Ensure your child has enough rest and has a regular bed time.
- Read stories together about starting school. Here are some ideas:
- Billy and the big new school by Catherine and Laurence Anhold (Orchard Books)
- Fiona the pig’s big day by Leigh Hobbs (Penguin/Viking)
- First day by Margaret Wild and Kim Gamble (Allen & Unwin)
- I am too absolutely small for school by Lauren Child (Orchard Books)
- Meet the Barkers: Morgan and Moffat go to school by Tomie de Paola (Putman)
- Mr Ouchy’s first day by BG Hennessy and Paul Meisel (Putnam)
- Tom goes to Kindergarten by Margaret Wild and David Legge (ABC Books)
- When an elephant comes to school by Jan Ormerod (Lincoln)
- Who will go to school today? by Karl Ruhmann and Miriam Monnier (North-South)
Discover more about transitioning from home to Kindergarten.
Arriving at Kindergarten
The day begins with you taking your child to the Kindergarten classroom, rather than just dropping them off at the school gate. It is really important to arrive at Kindergarten on time so your child has time to settle in and is relaxed and happy before class starts.
If you arrive after the school day has started, you need to sign in at the front office – this is a legal requirement.
At the end of the day, you must collect your child from the classroom. If someone else is picking them up, you need to advise the school in advance so the teacher knows who to expect.