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☰ Top 5 Tips for Settling Your Child into Pre-Prep

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Top 5 Tips for Settling Your Child into Pre-Prep

Posted on December 19 2016

Starting Pre-Prep for the first time is a big change for both you and your child, and it’s natural to feel anxious about how you are both going to cope with the transition. Fortunately, we have come up with some top tips to help you settle your little one into Pre-Prep.

1. Talk about Pre-Prep positively

A few days before your child is due to start Pre-Prep, start chatting to them about how wonderful it will be for them to meet new friends and play with different toys. Young children easily pick up on their parents’ emotions, so if you are calm, enthusiastic and confident that all will be well, then your child should feel the same way too.

2. Plan some settling in visits

At Forest Park Prep we offer the opportunity for you to visit with your child before they start, so they can get used to the new environment. The settling in visits give you both an opportunity to meet the Pre-Prep staff and allows your child to become familiar with their new surroundings and routines.

3. Choose a comforter from home

If your child has a favourite comfort item from home, such as a blanket or small soft toy, consider allowing them to take it into Pre-Prep with them (optional if needed). Our highly trained staff understand that children may need a comforter and they will be able to freely access it as needed during the settling in process. Explain to your child that if they are missing you they should cuddle the item close and remember you’ll be back to pick them up soon.

4. Keep goodbyes brief

Children follow your lead so if you get upset and cling to your child when you drop them off at Pre-Prep, there will likely be tears when you have to leave. Try to have a bright smile on your face (even if you feel awful!) and make the parting loving but brief. Find a member of staff, give your child a quick hug and a kiss, and wave goodbye. You could always telephone the office later on for extra reassurance

5. Allow time to settle

If your child cries every time you drop them off at Pre-Prep, it’s natural to feel guilty. Some children can take a little longer to settle into their new routine but given a few weeks, they should soon start enjoying all the different activities on offer. It will be hard, but stay strong and your perseverance will pay off. Remember that attending Pre-Prep offers lots of stimulation and social interaction, which is great for your child’s development.

Hopefully this article has provided some helpful tips to help both you and your child prepare for starting Pre-Prep. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by email or call 0161 973 4835.

We look forward to seeing you and your little one soon!

Best wishes

Mrs Richardson

Head of EYFS/ Pre-Prep Teacher

Forest Park Preparatory School

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