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Tips for Parents
Tips for Parents

Transition to Kindergarten

Before school starts, consider visiting an EarlyON Child and Family Centre or enrolling your child in an early learning program at the library, child care centreupdated i or recreation program near you. 

Children are more likely to succeed in school if they:

  • feel positive and excited about school and about learning;
  • feel confident in their own abilities;
  • feel supported at home; and
  • get along with other children and adults.

You can make the first day of school fun by:

  • getting up on time to get everything done without rushing;
  • being calm;
  • talking about the fun things your child will be doing, (e.g., making friends, playing and learning new things);
  • taking your child to the bus or to the school; and
  • making sure your child gets to school on time and is picked up on time.

The first day of school is a big event in the life of a family, make it a positive one!

In order to prepare for this big step in your child's life, here are some activities that you can do over the summer:
  • walk to school and have a picnic;
  • play in the school yard;
  • find the outside entrance to the Kindergarten area;
  • establish bedtime routines and morning routines; and
  • make up a fun goodbye routine and practice it in other situations before school starts.

Saying Goodbye....

It's time to let your child make that big step. Whether it be to the bus pick up area or to the front door of the school, here are some tips to making "the goodbye" easier:
  • introduce your child to a buddy from class or the bus, so your child is not alone;
  • give your child a kiss, and then off you go. (You can practice this when you leave the house or when the babysitter comes to sit so that it becomes part of your regular routine); and
  • reassure your child that you know they will be okay.

If you have any questions, contact your child's school.

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