Readying Kids for Their First Preschool Experience

August 8, 2023

There are a few big benchmarks for children when it comes to the kinds of educational programs they participate in, and their first preschool attendance is often a major one on this list. As a parent, there are a few things you can do to ensure your child's first preschool experience is a great one that they're prepared for.

At Devlin's Child Development Center, we provide a wide range of child care and educational programs to clients around Sandy and nearby areas, including preschool, daycare and after school care. If your child's first preschool attendance is coming up as we get into the new school year, here are some important tips for both before and during their earliest experiences to help ensure they have a great time.

Try to Visit Beforehand

If at all possible, visit the preschool in advance with your child. This will allow them to become more familiar with the building, staff, and other kids that may be attending. It's also a great opportunity for you to ask questions about any concerns you have with sending your child off to school for the first time.

While you're visiting, also take a look around the classroom, playground and other areas of the school. Pay particularly close attention to how the staff interacts with their students and any safety measures that are in place.

Adjust Your Schedule in Advance

As a parent, you know that the transition from home to school often requires some adjustments. If your child is accustomed to a certain schedule or routine, try to adjust it gradually in advance of their first day. This will help them become more comfortable with the idea of attending preschool and make it easier for them when they do start attending.

For instance, let's say your child normally takes a nap after lunch during the day. Try to push that nap back a little later each week until it's closer to the time when their classes will start and end. This way, they'll be less likely to feel overwhelmed on their first day of school.

Listen to Their Concerns

Many children will have some concerns and worries when it comes to attending preschool for the first time. It's important that you take these seriously and listen to what they have to say. Ask your child questions about what worries them, and make sure you provide reassurance if needed.

It might also be helpful to speak with their teachers or other staff members at the school to come up with strategies to help your child cope with any anxieties they have.

Act Out the Daily Routine

Some kids benefit greatly from role-playing activities before their first day of school. You can do this by acting out the daily routine they might encounter at preschool, such as getting up, having breakfast, going to class, and meeting new friends. This will help give them a better idea of what to expect when they start attending.

You could even take it a step further and write out a story together about your child's first day of school. This will make the whole experience seem less intimidating and give them something to look forward to when they actually do attend.

Stay With Them for a Bit on the First Day

On your child's first day of preschool, or perhaps even their first few days, it's often best to stay with them for a bit before leaving. This will help your child feel more secure and comfortable in the new environment, as well as provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate that you trust their teachers and staff.

You could read stories together, act out some of the things they'll be doing at school, or just talk about what kinds of things they'll be learning that day. The more familiar your child is with the classroom and their teachers in advance, the better off they'll be when it comes time for them to stay on their own.

Send Comfort Items

When sending child off to school, it's a good idea to give them something that will help them feel comfortable and secure. This could be a special blanket or toy, a photograph of family members, or something else that your child can keep with them at all times. When they know they have this item by their side, it might make the transition from home to preschool a bit easier.

By following these tips, you can help make sure your child's first preschool experience is positive and enjoyable. At Devlin's Child Development Center, we strive to create the best environment for our students possible, offering a variety of educational and care programs that will benefit them throughout their school career. Contact us today to learn more and get started with any of our programs in Sandy today.

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