I am a nervous mum who has a daughter transitioning from 5 day fortnight kindy and daycare this year to fulltime pre primary at school next year. How did you approach the transition with your child? I would love to hear your advice and tips to help with the transition. Am I being over worrying about this or is that very natural?

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  • We put in a place a morning and evening schedule to assist with transition. School days can be long and a schedule for dinner, bath and bed to rest up and restore energy.

  • Its natural, I also feel the same

  • In the first period when they started I cancelled after school activities and therapies and made sure I had dinner early on the table

  • It’s fairly common that the parents are worried possibly more than the children. As lots of people have said – they don’t usually do full weeks for the first couple of months. She’ll be tired, but she will most likely love school. Those first few years are so much fun for them.

  • Very natural, big changes ahead for you all. But they will love it, even if it take some getting used too. Think of all the things she will learn

  • It’s normal to be worried and they do get very tired to start with but most kids are super resilient and adjust well. The 5 days a fn is a good step before full time school and helps a LOT. It’s much harder for kids who don’t attend kindy and go straight to school.

  • It’s natural to be worried but usually they settle in well. Don’t make a big deal about it, talk about it as exciting.

  • My son has Wednesdays off for the first few weeks. It certainly is an adjustment, she might get tired, but just make sure she gets enough sleep. She might need extra cuddles those first few weeks. I sometimes still walk into the classroom with my son, other days he’s ok.

  • Yes, most schools have a transitioning period with shorther day for an x amount of weeks. Those first primary years kids do get tired for sure.

  • Does the school do some half days initially? My twins are in prep this year and for the first few weeks only did half days with Wednesdays off for the first month or two. This seemed to help with the transition. The full time was a big adjustment and they were tired, but they have gotten used to it now. Good luck!!

  • It is a big transition and I have two primary school girls and I took it has 1 day at a time. Primary school is big mix in with other children where you will have to teach many things to your child a lot earlier. Kids are learning so much more earlier and things kids talk about in school will SHOCK you.But, remember to always ask questions in the car mainly about their day and let your child feel comfortable to open up.You will find some days they dont want to talk so I give them that space BUT bring it back to the dinner table has a family friendly fin chats where they can talk about their day.Hope this helps

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