How to help kids starting primary school.

How can you help your kid start school?


There are some big differences between preschool and primary school.

The physical environment is different: there are bigger classrooms, older and bigger kids on the playground, and even bigger chairs and bathrooms for kids to use.

The day-to-day routines of primary school are different: there are set times to eat, and play, and talk. Kids have to get used to putting their hands up if they want to speak to the teacher.

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And relationships are different: kids have to learn how to get along with many more people – both adults and kids. The way children play together changes significantly during primary school, and it can be overwhelming learning how the new social structures work.

Because of these changes, starting primary school can be a bit scary for many kids.

Research suggests that approximately one-third of children experience some difficulties as they transition from their early childhood setting to school. The downside is, these issues can have social and academic implications if they aren’t addressed.

As the national early childhood initiative KidsMatter says: “starting primary school is an important time for children and their families.”

It explains that kids who make a positive start during school tend to feel better about themselves as learners, comfortable and relaxed in an academic environment, and feel like they belong more in the school environment.

Parents can, however, play a big role in how their children transition into school.

So, how can you prepare for a smooth transition into school for your kid? Early Childhood Australia has a number of recommendations, including:

– Selecting the right school for your child by talking with other parents, visiting schools and checking each school’s website to see how their values, programs and expectations connect with your wishes and dreams for your child.

– Listening to any concerns your child may have and answer any questions.

– Take them for a walk around the school, pointing out their classroom and ‘mapping’ the journey from the room to the toilets, canteen, library and other key facilities.

Do you have any other tips and tricks for how to make the transition smoother for children starting primary school? What have your experiences been?