Preparing for Prep
Below is some information to help you prepare your child to start the Prep year. If at any time you have questions regarding the Prep year, feel free to contact our friendly office staff .
Supporting Your Child to “Get Set For Prep”
Starting School is a milestone for children and families. A positive transition to school sets children up for a love of learning. Families play a critical role in supporting their children as they step into Prep. Here are just a few ways that you can help your child to love for Prep by encouraging language development, communication skills and confidence:
- Read with your child as much as possible.
- Engage your child in conversation and provide them with learning opportunities in simple contexts, such as in the supermarket (identifying colours, numbers and letters).
- Help your child to build a sense of age-appropriate independence and confidence through encouragement, praise and support in taking small, healthy risks.
- Provide your child with opportunities for socialisation with other children of similar ages.
- Provide opportunities for play, adventure and creativity wherever possible, even in the simplest of ways.
- Teach your child simple manners such as hello, goodbye, please and thank you.
- Ask your child questions about their day and encourage gratitude, for example – what was the best part of your day?
Create a sense of excitement!
In the lead up to starting Prep, create a sense of excitement and anticipation. Some suggestions include:
- Drive past the School whenever possible and engage in conversation about the exciting time ahead.
- Go shopping with your child to choose a School bag, a lunch box and other items.
- Involve your child in the process of labelling their belongings.
- Attend the Prep orientation so that your child is familiar with the School.
Independence is important. Encourage your child to:
- Practise putting on their uniform, shoes and socks.
- Toilet without help.
- Blow their nose.
- Use their school lunchbox and water bottle ahead of time.
- Pack their school bag and know where things are.
- Discuss how to ask for help from their teacher.
- Play a scenario game “what will you do if your shoelace is untied? What will you do if you drop your lunch?”.
- Show them where you have labelled their belongings.