First day of Prep tips

The first day of school can be very nerve-wracking and at the same time is one of the most exciting milestones your child will experience.

Here are some first-day tips:

1. LABEL EVERYTHING
It is not uncommon for items to go missing at school or be misplaced, so by clearly labelling your child's lunch box, drink bottle, school bad they are more likely to find their way back to the rightful owner.

2. ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO DO NEW THINGS
Before your child starts school encourage them to open their lunch box, open their drink bottle, dress themselves, go to the toilet by themselves and wash their hands. This will help prepare your child to become more independent and responsible.

3. GET TO KNOW THE SCHOOL
Visit the school website and take note of the important factors; when does school start and finish, uniform policies, tuckshop days and menus.

4. CONNECT WITH THE ONLINE COMMUNITY
More and more schools are using social media platforms to communicate important events, celebrations and messages. Visit and like the school's Facebook page and be kept up to date with all the latest news.

5. TAKE A SCHOOL TOUR
Schools are more than happy to provide tours to take the edge off first-day nerves. If you are new to the school, take your child in for a tour to familiarise themselves with the school ground and get to know their classroom and drop off and pick up areas so that it is not too overwhelming on their first day.

6. GET ENOUGH ZZZ's
A good night's sleep is important for your child's growth and development. A bedtime routine is very important and will help your child wind down from the day. Children aged 6 to 9 years need 10-11 hours sleep a night, which makes 7.30pm an appropriate bedtime.

7. CREATE A ROUTINE CHART
Have a list of what you want your children to complete each morning. For example; get dressed, eat breakfast, brush your teeth, make your bed. This will save parents from having to repeat these activities daily and will help set a routine for your child.

8. LUNCHBOX PLANNER
Research some creative healthy lunchbox ideas (Pinterest is a great app for this) and have all the food required in the fridge or pantry to remove the stress of not knowing what to pack for lunch the next day. 

And you're ready for your first day!