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We just moved interstate and their new school is very different to their old one. Any ideas for how to help them settle? Thanks

Posted anonymously, 13th March 2014

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  • Become a parent helper for a time to help your child settle in.

  • I had 3 different schools in 3 years at one stage. I was extremely shy yet I coped. Luckily mum knew people with kids my age so I knew someone before I started, that might help

  • It depends on the age of the child/children.
    Settling into a new area is difficult for a person of any age.
    Encourage your child to introduce themselves, speak to the school & they should be able to make the process a bit easier by organising a buddy/friend.
    Be patient, these things do take time.

  • Time is the best solution for this. New people, new surroundings, new routine….time and patience should see them settle

  • just tell your children about introducing your self. and don’t worry too much about it. their teacher will give them a buddy who will show them around and help them to make friends and teachers usually pick the nicer kids for this job.

  • Depending the age of your children I wouldn’t encourage the lunch swap idea. Some of the other kids had only junk food. Kids need good food to be able to function properly and concentrate in class. Your child may be allergic to something in another child’s food that you weren’t previously aware of because they have never had it before. I have seen some sick kids through that. A child that is fairly outgoing will make friends quicker than a naturally shy one. If you find after a couple of weeks that there is definitely an issue that help is needed she if you can talk to the teacher/s who may be able to help. Some schools have teachers’ assistants who are specially trained to help with problems. I personally know a lady who was specially trained and does this at a school 2 days a week.

  • it will take a bit of time..all the best :)

  • It would take a little time to settle in to a new school. Try getting involved in classroom activities and getting to know other families in the school community.

  • i think it would take them a little time

  • try getting involved as much as you can

  • I found getting my kids involved in the local community outside of school (sports, scouts etc) really helped them to settle into their new school. It allowed them to make new friends in their own time outside of school and then those friendships carried on to the school yard.

  • Time will be the best thing :) kids adapt really fast. I would look into local sporting clubs and even join them up in the school footy/basketball/netball tea. they will be fine though. i was so worried about my boys starting a new school too but they setteled in really well. they werent the “New kids’ for very long x

  • they will find their own way when they meet some new friends

  • Getting involved in a sporting club or local scouts/guide group is a great way to make new friends :D

  • there are some good comments here

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