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HELP YOUR CHILD WITH BACK TO SCHOOL ANXIETY

HELP YOUR CHILD WITH BACK TO SCHOOL ANXIETY

Back to school anxiety is very common around this time of year, with the new school year on the horizon. Listen, empathise, identify, reassure – What is the actual worry/fear? Be empathetic (I understand…), identify (I remember feeling … too), reassure (I will help you).

Positive talk

Tell your child how great and strong they are. Remind them of other times they felt nervous or anxious, or a previous time they experienced back to school anxiety, and how they got through it. Be positive yourself, do not show you are worried or anxious about them. Show them you totally believe in them and their ability to go to school and enjoy themselves.

Plan together

Involve your child in planning the routine, lunches to pack and things to do after school. Help them pack their bag and get clothes ready for the morning.

Practise runs to school

Wake up early, breakfast, dress and drive to school.

Go with a friend

If your child has a friend going to the same school, try and go together for the first couple of weeks.

Follow a routine

Same meal times, bed times, wake up times and leave times.

Tools

Take deep breaths. Picture something funny like a funny movie. Smile big – it tricks the brain and changes the way you feel. Learn tapping – it instantly calms and relieves negative emotions.

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5 TIPS TO MAKE DROP-OFFS EASIER FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD

Dropping off your child to kindy or childcare can be hectic, you can be feeling rushed, they can be upset which can all lead to you feeling sad or anxious making the whole drop-off experience quite stressful.

The good news is some simple steps can be introduced to your morning routine to help make morning drop-offs more and calmer for you and your child.

5 TIPS TO MAKE DROP-OFFS EASIER FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD

Jane Harpley is C&K’s Children Services Regional Manager for North Queensland, she has been teaching and supporting teachers for many years. Here are her 5 tips to make drop-off time as smooth as possible.

1. Establish an arrival ritual

Rituals are most likely already quite common in your home. At night you might read a book together before bed, in the morning you might eat breakfast before getting dressed. Rituals provide an opportunity for a child to feel secure in knowing what to anticipate and can learn what to expect.

Establishing an arrival ritual can allow your child to feel secure and calm as they are aware of what the next step is as they transition from being in your care to that of their educators.

Arrival rituals can be different for each family, and that is ok. What is important is to be consistent and to involve your child in the ritual. It could include, greeting your child’s educator, putting their bag/lunch/water bottle away, then walking them to an area of the playground or to activity that they particularly enjoy. Morning rituals centre around ensuring children feel welcome while creating a sense of belonging.

2. Bring something familiar

Many children have a toy or blanket that can bring them some comfort.

These items are often referred to as ‘security’ objects and can be a great tool when transitioning children from home or to childcare or kindergarten.

If your child has a favourite toy or blanket, bring it to kindy or childcare with them. It can act like a little piece of home and can help reduce their anxiety or stress.

3. Talk it through

Talking about the morning and drop off will greatly benefit your child. You can say, “we’re on our way to kindy this morning. I know your teachers have a great day planned for you. You’ll play with all your friends, eat, play with toys and then I’ll pick you up.“

Don’t sneak out the door, instead, let your child know when you are leaving and say goodbye. If your child starts to cry or becomes upset from the separation, don’t brush over his or her feelings. Instead, let them know it’s ok to miss you. When we support our children’s feelings of loss or pain, we are helping them understand their emotions, reinforces your bond and help them develop resilience.

5 TIPS TO MAKE DROP-OFFS EASIER FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD

4. Play together

C&K childcares and kindies always encourage parents to take as much time as needed when separating from their child.

In the morning spend time playing, do a puzzle together, look at some of the toys or features of the room together and talk to your child’s educator. This will help them become familiar and comfortable within their environment.

C&K understands that drops off can be stressful and aim to help parents feel relaxed, unhurried and settled during the arrival period.

5 TIPS TO MAKE DROP-OFFS EASIER FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD

5. Talk to your educator

Every child is different, and their worries and anxieties are very real and distressing for them. C&K educators are here to help you and your child. Discuss any concerns you have and let your educator know the routines you currently have in place. They’ll be able to give you some strategies and will partner with you to make the transition from home to their kindy or childcare as smooth as possible.


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C&K is a not-for-profit organisation that has been offering rich and varied learning experiences for Queensland children since 1907. At C&K, children are encouraged to be involved in play that promotes a lifelong love of learning. We nurture happy and healthy minds, hearts and bodies so every child can achieve their full potential.  Visit our website to find a C&K near you today.