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Reception is the start of your child’s full time education and for all children there will be a change. It can be an anxious time for everyone involved and there are a few things you may want to think about before your child starts with us in September.
Below are a few thoughts, websites, games and ideas which will support your child to start their Reception year.
Confidence using the bathroom
When your child starts Reception they will need to be confident to use the toilet area as independently as possible. A few weeks before your child begins school, start to give them opportunities to become more independent if they are not already. This may include:
An adult is never too far away to support your child if they need help. It is normal for accidents to happen at this age. We will be able to discuss your children individual toileting needs at your induction meeting.
When your child starts Reception they will have lots of new choices to make. From what toys to play with, what fruit to choose and where to sit on the carpet. This can be a little overwhelming if they have not had this experience before. To support this change, start to give your child more choices at home. It’s always a good idea to limit the choice your child is given to 2 or 3. Below are a few ways to have a go at this.
“Rosie, would you like a cheese sandwich or a ham sandwich today?”
“Rosie, are you wearing the green or red dress today?”
Even if you already know the answer to the question, simple questions such as this will allow your child to use their language but also get them used to making a decision and sharing it with someone else.
Vocalise or express their needs
While at home encourage your child to use their words and gestures to express the things that they need. As a parent you will have a clear understanding of what your child needs and when, at school your child will need to be more independent and confident to ask for things.
Begin to encourage your child to verbally tell you what they need or encourage them to use gesture if they find it difficult. A good way to encourage this is to show them how to do it.
For example, when you are around your child, overly exaggerate asking questions for some basic things. Before you get a drink, say,
“I’m thirsty, I am getting a drink.”
Or before you go to the bathroom clearly state,
“I am going to the toilet now.”
It may feel a little bit silly but this will help your child know the things to say. Giving your child lots of praise when they use their language or gesture to express their needs will encourage this further.
At school your child will have PE and swimming sessions, so your child will need to be able to undress and dress themselves. We will encourage the children to do as much as they can on their own but an adult will always be around to support them.
In the weeks running up to the start of school get your child used to the putting on their own clothes.
Getting dressed can be frustrating for young children so maybe start with some loose fitting or elasticated items such as jogging bottoms or leggings. Socks and tights are difficult; they may need you to show them the best way to put them on a few times. Your child will also be wearing their school uniform in Reception so try and practise with their uniform or items of clothing that will be similar. Lots of encouragement and praise, even when they don’t get it quite right will help they to be confident to get ready for the day.
Get in the routine for coming to school
Your child may not be used to getting ready to leave the house at a certain time in the morning. Over the next few weeks begin to prepare your child for this by supporting them to wake up, get dressed and be ready for the day at the time you would need to leave for school. This will hopefully make it a little bit easier when it is time to start the new school routine.
Talk about starting school
One of the most important things you can do is talk to them about starting school. Show your child the videos of the classrooms and the videos of their teachers, also use the induction booklet that was sent to you in the post. This will help them to understand what to expect. Explain that they will have lots of fun at school with other children but that grown up's can't stay. If you are off to work let them know that's where you will be going or if you have other jobs to do, explain this to them, so they know what you will be doing while they are at school.
Let your child know that at the end of the day you (or someone they know) will be there to pick them up. Sometimes we forget to tell our children we are coming back for them as it seem obvious to us, but by reminding them that you will be there at the end of the day it will put their minds at ease.