Helping your child transition to full time school and ensuring they have a positive experience is really important because it helps shape the way they think about school in the future.
It can take time for you and your child to settle into a new routine so it is recommended you begin practising early, before school starts, to make the process as smooth as possible.
Arriving at school
The day begins with you taking your child to their classroom, rather than just dropping them off at the school gate. It is really important to arrive at school 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 them 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.
Getting involved in children's learning
In Pre-primary, your child’s teacher may encourage you to visit the classroom at the start of each day. Wherever possible, try to spend this time with your child so you know what they are learning and how you can support them at home. There are other ways to get involved:
- Get to know your child’s teacher and attend parent information sessions.
- Introduce yourself to other parents and becoming part of the school community.
- Organise play dates to help your child socialise with other children in their class.
- Talk with your child about their day when they get home – this shows your child how important school is.
- Attend assemblies, sports days and open days.
- Donate materials that would be useful in the classroom.
If you have some additional time to spare and want to be more involved, talk with the principal or your child’s teacher and see if you can:
- volunteer and help out with a class once a term
- be added to the laundry roster
- coordinate a night out for families in your child’s class
- bring in and talk about a special cultural item
- join the Parents and Citizens Association, school council or help out at the canteen.
School principals, teachers and support staff are unique in the way they communicate with parents. Some may put important information into your children’s school bag – so remember to check daily for notes. Others may communicate online through school apps or email. To find out how they communicate with you, contact the school.
However you choose to be involved, it is important to always have open and honest communications with your child’s teacher and other school staff.