Our youngest learners in Year 1 and EYFS will be returning to school in the next two weeks. Whilst most students are excited to get back on campus to reunite with friends and teachers, some of our young learners may be feeling a bit anxious, which causes confusion and worry for parents.
Here are 05 simple tips for parents to ease young children's anxiety and best prepare for their return to school:
- Start preparing children by getting back to school year routines, such as a realistic bedtime and selecting tomorrow's clothes.
- Arrange play dates with one or more familiar peers before coming back to school. Research shows that the presence of a familiar peer during school transitions can improve children's academic and emotional adjustment.
- Have your child(ren) practice walking into a pretend classroom at home whist you wait outside or down the hallway.
- Reward your child for trying hard to successfully separate from mum or dad when they attend school. Come up with a rewarding activity such as some special outside family time or choosing a favourite book that you and your child could read together.
- Validate the child's worry by acknowledging that like any new activity, like starting school again can be challenging but it will get better with time.
* The tips are based from Johns Hopkins University's source.