Getting Ready for Nursery
Starting Nursery is an exciting time for children and parents, but it can also be overwhelming. With some preparation and encouragement, hopefully the transition into nursery is a bit easier. Here are some hints, tips and activities to help.
Hints and Tips
- It’s important to explain where they'll be going, what they'll be doing and for how long. Explain to your child that they will be going to nursery for a few hours and then you will return to pick them up. This reduced separation anxiety.
- Encourage your child to dress themselves and help with fastenings such as zips and buttons
- If your child is not potty trained it is a good idea to train them before they start nursery. They will need to come to nursery without a pull up on in pants and with a bag of spare clothes.
- Talk to your child about starting nursery. What do they think it will be like? What are they looking forward to? Is there anything they’re worried about?
- Find photos of you and other family members at school, and chat about happy times you spent at school.
- Practise the school morning routine, including getting dressed and eating breakfast in time to leave.
Building Skills for Nursery and School
If children have had the chance to do some learning and practical skills at home this helps when they go to nursery and they are less likely to find the experience stressful.
Playing games, doing role play or dress up, and reading at home can help a lot to get them ready for school and build their confidence and skills.
Activities you can try could include:
- Playing games that involve taking turns.
- Playing with children who are of similar age to develop social skills.
- Reading books about starting school.
- Playing with Alphabet letters.
- Playing with cut out numbers so the child has an awareness of these.
- Using your child's favourite toys to role-play going to school.
- Painting and drawing, which involve sitting down for short periods of time.
- Constantly talking to your child and listening to their answers will is a really important activity and builds language skills and social skills.
- Sing Nursery Rhymes and songs that children like that have repetition in them as these will help them to remember new words.
- Telling or reading stories and poems to your child is an important part of developing an interest in reading. This should be an enjoyable experience for yourself and your child. You should aim to do this for a short period (e.g. 10 minutes at least) every day. When reading a story, encourage your child to talk about the pictures and identify characters.
- Let your child hold the book and turn the pages as you read the story.
- Children often ask for the same story over and over again. This should be encouraged, as it shows an interest in reading, and will assist in developing the language of writing, value your child’s choice and encourages decision making.
- Your child may be interested in the sounds and names of individual letters, BUT try not ask too much of them