New Entrants/Starting School
It is not unusual for your child to shed a few tears when the moment of parting from Mum and Dad comes. New entrants have adjustments to make in the transition from pre-school. The physical size of the school, the large number of people, a more structured day, eating and playing alongside others and the increased level of effort expended in learning can be a challenge. Children are very adaptable in meeting these challenges.
Parents need to set high standards – at no time should you hold children at home and start them later in the day, as experience has shown this precedent can lead to all sorts of problems and a habit that is difficult to break. If you have any difficulty getting your child to school please discuss this with the class teacher as soon as possible.
You can make your child's transition to school easier if he/she:-
☺ Can go to the toilet independently
☺ Can wash and dry own hands
☺ Can dress independently – this includes shoes
☺ Can use scissors, pencils and crayons
☺ Knows own name and can recognise it written down. If you write things down for your child use lower case letters.
☺ Knows address and telephone number
☺ Is familiar with nursery rhymes, colours, simple road rules and courtesies
☺ Has respect for other people's property
☺ Is encouraged to speak correctly, clearly and thoughtfully (if you are worried about your child's speech we can arrange help for you from the Speech Language Therapist).
☺ has confidence and is willing to "try"
Please note: these are only guidelines – not requirements. Some children may not be able to manage these skills until they are older.