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 A Warm Welcome !

Preparing your child for pre-school: Your child’s first day at the daycare or playgroup can be a daunting prospect for both you and him. But our advice will help to ensure that his experience of the daycare or playgroup is a happy one from the start.

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Boost his social confidence
$20/ month

Socializing with other children is a skill that has to be learnt gradually, and some children will find it easier than others. If you can introduce him to the idea of sharing and taking turns before he starts at pre-school he’ll find the whole experience less daunting.Don’t expect great things at first -: children usually play alongside each other rather than together until they’re around three years old …

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Time away from parents
$20/ month

It will be easier for your child to settle at pre-school if you’ve gradually got him used to being left with other carers, such as grandparents, relatives, maids and friends. Start off by leaving him for short periods:- an hour while you go shopping …

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Visit the pre-school
$40/ month

“When you’re choosing a pre-school, it’s usually best to visit it without your child the first time,” says Diane Rich at Early Education, an organisation which promotes quality in early years education. “The next time take your child with you and see how he responds to the environment and watch how the carers teachers and the support staff interact with him …”

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Potty training
$60/ month

Some pre-schools will expect children to be out of diapers before they start, so find out what the policy is if you don’t think your child will be ready. However, all pre-school staff should be prepared for occasional accidents and won’t expect children to ask every time they need the toilet…

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Feeding themselves
$20/ month

If your child is to have any meals at pre-school other than drink and biscuits, find out if he will be expected to have it by himself. If he needs to; help him practise eating at home on his own. Also find out if they’ll be expected to use a spoon or fork or whether hands are acceptable. This will help him enjoy his meals at the school …

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On the first day
$20/ month

Allow plenty of time. The chances are, your child won’t be prepared for you to just drop him off and leave on the first day, so be prepared to hang around until he’s settled.You’ll probably be feeling just as anxious and emotional as they are, but try to stay cheery and confident – children pick up on your feelings of apprehension …

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Problems settling in?
$40/ month

Some children find the experience of starting pre-school stressful and still won’t settle after a few weeks. Don’t worry and don’t blame yourself – just accept that children are all individuals and your child will get there in the end.Find out from your child’s key worker or carer what happens once you’ve left …

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Don’t fret about letters and numbers
$60/ month

We all want our children to do well, but no pre-school will expect your child to have a good grasp of letters and numbers when they start. “It’s easy to confuse what you want from early years education with what you will later want from a school,” says childcare expert Penelope Leach. “Young children learn by playing and therefore optimal learning means being encouraged to play.”…

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