It’s the New Year and back to school is in full swing. What are you doing to help your little one adjust to “big school”?

The transition from crèche to grade 1 or big school, as they like to call it, can be both exciting and scary. Use our expert advice to assist your child with the next big step in their schooling career.

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Educational psychologist Zandile Shabangu says going to Grade one can be a daunting task if the child is not ready for school. “It’s recommended that parents take children to an educational psychologist for a school readiness assessment,” she says.

This test, according to Shabangu, helps parent to identify if their little one has everything in place emotionally, psychologically and academically to handle big school if not the necessary recommendations will be made to improve that.

“Parents can also take the child for a tour at the school they will be going to and also make them part of the process of buying provisions and preparing for school. Familiarising the child with the new environment and also talking about it will help ease their anxieties,” Shabangu points out.

Useful Tips:  

  • Talk to them about what to expect, so they know that they will be changes and the routine is different.
  • Take them with to buy uniform and stationery involve them in the process so they don’t feel overwhelmed come next week.
  • Take them on a tour of the school if it possible or drive by so they aware of what the new school looks like.
  • Meet their teacher with them and make sure they are comfortable with them.
  • Be present and involved once school begins, have chats about their day and help with homework so you know if they have any problems.

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