Starting preschool can be an exciting yet nerve-wracking experience for both children and parents. This is especially the case if your child is starting preschool at a different point in the year. To help make this transition as smooth as possible, we’ve thought of some helpful advice to guide you. Here are a few tips to help prepare your child and make the transition to preschool as smooth as possible.
Visit the preschool:
Take your child to visit the preschool ahead of time so they can get a feel for the environment. This can help reduce anxiety and familiarize them with their new surroundings. At Woodcrest Preschool, we offer private guided tours so that you and your child can get a great sense of the environment ahead of time.
Encourage your child to practice independence, such as putting on their own clothes and shoes and using the bathroom.
Talk about preschool:
Have conversations with your child about what to expect at preschool, such as meeting new friends and trying new activities. This can help build their confidence and excitement for the experience.
Set a routine:
Establish a consistent bedtime and morning routine to help prepare your child for the structured schedule of preschool. Keeping your child on a routine schedule can be very helpful in their transition.
Prepare for separation:
Practice brief separations from your child to help them become more comfortable with being away from you.
Reward your child for their positive behavior and encourage them to be kind to others and make new friends.
Stay in touch:
Check-in with your child’s teacher to stay informed about their experiences and offer support. Luckily at Woodcrest Preschool, we have made this process simple by providing daily child reports.
By following these tips, you can help your child have a successful and enjoyable first year of preschool, no matter when in the year that they begin.