Be patient and understanding while they learn to adjust to this new situation.
Participation in the orientation program at your kindergarten is important in supporting every child’s different responses. Some children may be anxious, while others are quite happy to stay. The setting may appear to be a new world with exciting possibilities or a little confusing and distressing initially. Some children may immediately find a friend to share the experience with, whereas others might find unfamiliar children overwhelming and prefer to observe or play alone until they feel comfortable. It may take time for some children to see staff as someone to rely on for support and guidance. Others adapt immediately. Regardless of your child’s response, it is important you always talk to them (or in front of them) about the service in a positive manner.
If your child is experiencing difficulty in adjusting to the service or feeling some anxiety, please consult the teacher and early childhood educators who will support and develop strategies to ease your child’s transition into the setting.
Take a look at these tips for getting started at kinder to help prepare your child.
Play is an essential part of the educational program so please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather and in clothes that are suitable both for indoor and outdoor experiences. The clothes should be easily washed. Although art smocks are provided for messy experiences, we cannot guarantee that your child will not come home dirty.