My daughter starts kindy in a few weeks. She is sooooo excited so no problem with getting her there. I am finding the transition from child care to kindy slightly surprising in regards to expectations on parents, there is so much to navigate and learn and it’s a whole new world! We have her kindy t shirt ready, new drink bottle and lunch bag. Kindy bag and shoes will be next week. Note she is attending ‘Early Learning’ at the school she will be going to. As this year progresses, what are some tips on what I might expect?! What surprised other parents the most??

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  • Wishing you luck! If your little one is excited that half the battle x

  • I dont remember any surprises. I always loved the creations my kids bought home, whether it be art or written, I still have a lot

  • One of the main things they seem to learn is how to write their name. I used to ensure I arrived early enough to help each of my kids practice writing in the morning and to be settled.

  • I found what worked me, and my daughter was masking my anxiety (due to the whirlwind of thoughts and emotions in my head) with excitement and stories of possible activities that they might do while she is there, at the end of the day remembering that yes the first day or two-maybe the first week- they can come home full of excitement but they will hit bottom eventually so coming home quiet moody or even asking to go to bed early will be a possibility.
    But the thing that we find most important – and she still checks that it is an option – if she has the need for any reason to speak to me or to leave school, I’m only a phone call away, when she was small I made sure she understood that all the teachers had access to my number and she could ask them to ring me if she felt she really had to. I have never gotten a call, but it puts us both at ease that there is that last line of defence for her and she doesn’t have to be in a situation that makes her distressed in any way.

    At the end of it all, as it has been said, kids are all different. My daughter is very confident and independent has been since daycare but as i said, she likes to know if she needs me I’m there, and it also calmed my nerves. Try and find things that work for you both sometimes it has a positive effect when they can see that they aren’t alone in how they feel – plus a lesson for you both on dealing with this new emotion I guess. ????
    Hope that helps and you both have a great first day of kindy…

  • Remember that all children develop at different rates and they also feed off adults nerves and anxiety so its good to show confidence and minimal anxiety.

  • Yes I agree, kids get tired not only when they start kindy but also when they start school; very visible at the end of each week and each term

  • My child is transitioning to Kindy this year too and I am feeling quite overwhelmed by it all. I think the biggest thing to consider is how tired they will be after school for a few weeks until they adjust. My daughter will also still continue at daycare on the other days so for me it will be remembering what day is a kindy day vs daycare day. Good luck Mumma

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