A child´s ability to integrate into a new environment largely depends on his/her nature, but is also helped by how the adaptation guidelines are followed through. Leaving home and entering into a new environment with classmates he/she has never seen, new rules to learn in an unknown place is not easy, and if this were not enough by itself, Mummy and Daddy are not there to help.
In order for your child to adapt to Early Years or school, especially if it is for the first time, we recommend you follow this advice which will help to overcome this situation with ease.
- Timetable adaptation. In the beginning take your child to school for a few hours at a time and gradually increase the hours. Each child needs his/her own time to adapt.
- Objects of attachment. If your child wants to let him/her take his/her favourite toy or object which they can relate to home with.
- Quick goodbyes. Avoid prolonging goodbyes. Security should be transmitted to the child and dramatics avoided. Your child should know you will return shortly to collect them and what you are doing is the best for them.
- Motivation and encouragement. After leaving school dedicate time to your child, playing with him/her.It is good for them to find out that what they do at school is not so different from what they usually do at home. Encourage them to share the experiences they learn at school with you, and show pleasure and enthusiasm for thier progress.
- Arriving and leaving. It is convenient that either the father or mother takes and fetches them from school. This routine gives them security and get them used to the change faster.
- Direct Contact. Whenever you think it necessary speak to the teacher or educator about your doubts or worries or about any changes you notice in your child.
- Activities. Try and be informed about the activities which take place in the classroom: worksheets, new songs, seasons of the year etc. To understand and maximize their learning.
- Evolution and stages. The aspects of your child´s evolution should be coordinated with the educators (getting out of nappies, stopping use of dummy) so they are dealt with in the same way both at school and at home.
- Nutrition. Try to take into account what your child has eaten at school, asking for the menu, in order to provide a well-balanced diet.
Relaxed atmosphere. In order for your child to adapt easily to school it is advisable their day does not start in a rush or with hassle on leaving home. No hurrying in the morning. Try and wake your child up in good time to have breakfast quietly and go to school without hassle.