Getting ready for Kinder!!
It can be so daunting to new parents who are sending these little people off to kinder. To whole-heartedly put your faith in someone you barely know, and hope that they will be there to cuddle them when they are sad, encourage them when daring something new and laugh with them through their adventures. For some, kindergarten is an extension of childcare, where everything is already organised and the schedule remains the same. For others, taking their child to kindergarten can be the first time a non-family member is looking after their child. As a kindergarten teacher and mum I understand the angst that some parents feel when starting a new pre-school, meeting new families and worrying about your child. I have put together a list of 5 things I do before starting the year to ensure that I am organised, and to help my child in the transition to a new Kindergarten.
Label EVERYTHING. I know you will have heard it before but it is very frustrating when parents come at the end of the day and say, where’s my daughters sock? I just received my new labels and this year I have a set of iron on labels that simply say our last name and phone number. This way, when Leni has all of Billie’s hand-me-downs, they won’t all say Billie on them. You can get labels from loads of places. Bright Star Kids currently has 30% off all labels!
I have also got personalised back packs and bento box’s. This isn’t completely necessary as its easy to buy labels to add to any bag or lunch box, but the girls got to choose the picture and have such pride in their belongings. It also means that they are learning to recognise their name as it’s in such big font, and they can easily find their own in amongst the many at kinder. Our bento box from Stuck On You. I really like the quality and they are the biggest ones I’ve found, so great for every day use. The backpack is from Identity Direct, and you can get them in a range of colours and sizes.
Getting used to the morning routine. During the holidays we all get very relaxed about schedules and times. About a week before kinder starts is when I start to get our morning routine into gear so that it’s not such a shock to the system when Kinder actually starts. For us, this means having clothes laid out the night before, breakfast and dressed as soon as we’re awake and going for a walk to get us out of the house. We have also been scooting to Billie’s new Kinder to get her and Leni used to the distance. It’s very close but nice to know the girls can confidently scoot there without getting too tired. Plus, Billie loves to look into the yard and point out all the things she is excited to play with.
ALWAYS say goodbye to your child. For those parents whose children haven’t been in any care, those are the children that always take the longest to settle. It’s really important to always say goodbye to your child and tell them that you (or whoever is picking them up) will be back soon. This not only builds up trust in you always picking them up, but the child’s teacher will also be letting them know that you will be coming back, so it also builds the relationship of child and teacher.
Communicate with your child’s teacher. They want to know what’s happening at home because in many cases, it can predict the behaviour and mood of your child. Let them know if Dad’s away on business, or you got a new puppy. Talk about how toilet training is going, going to the beach on the weekend or even the passing of someone close. This can help immensely, and will only benefit your child.
I hope this was helpful to all those starting kinder. It can be such a magical and wonderful time in a child’s life. Enjoy the moment.
If you have any other tips or questions please leave a comment.
All my love,