Host, Tracey Spicer

Starting school is a big step for you and your child. Children who make a positive start to school are more likely to feel comfortable and develop a sense of belonging to the school community. They're also more likely to feel excited and motivated to learn.

Children

 

When the bell rings you go...come inside or line up at the door to go outside.

 

We'll get to go to the library and we'll actually get to choose a book.

 

Write my name. Do homework.

 

Ummm...Play.

 

Um, going on excursion.

 

There's only one teacher and they don't want to get a headache.

Associate Professor Kay Margetts, University of Melbourne:

Starting school involves a number of changes for children and their families, and everyone reacts differently to these.

 

As a starting point it can be helpful to think about how your child copes with change and how you have supported them through change before.

Children

When it was my first day and my dad left I was a bit sad. And my mum and dad came to school and they dropped me off I was a bit sad.

 

Sometimes when you start you might feel a bit scared and I feeled like, yeah. But, I as happy as well to start.

Parent

What actually happened was that, you know, we took her down ther gave her a quick cuddle, said good bye and that's it, she was so excited she just walked off and, you know, we're left standing there going, ummm, you know, "Where do we go now?"

Host, Tracey Spicer

Making a positive start to school helps your child to continue to develop their social, emotional, independence and learning skills which all contribute to your child’s mental health and wellbeing.