Heading to Elementary School: These 5 Tips Will Help You Get Started

Op naar de basisschool: Deze 5 tips helpen je op weg

Time flies! When children in the Netherlands turn four, they start elementary school. For both parents and children, it marks a new phase in their lives, an exciting phase. But what should parents keep in mind? And what can you prepare for? We share five tips.


Tip 1: A good start is half the battle

When your child goes to elementary school for the first time, as a parent, you want to know as much as possible about the school itself. A good start is therefore half the battle. Go to school together once to see what the atmosphere is like. It's also a good idea to schedule an appointment during school hours. This way, you can explain to your child that all the other children who are already at school do it without their parents - to get used to the idea.


Tip 2: Questions? Ask them in advance

Many elementary schools organize information evenings and have special information booklets available for parents. If something is still unclear, you can contact the teacher. Send an email or request a meeting. This way, you can be sure that all your questions will be answered!


Tip 3: Comforting toys

Sometimes it can be nice for your child to bring a stuffed animal or toy on the first day of school. This provides your child with comfort, and having something familiar from home prevents them from feeling alone. It also piques the curiosity of other children. What kind of toy did you bring? This way, your child will make new friends in no time.


Tip 4: Playing is good for development

As we've mentioned in some of our previous blogs, playing is good for your child's development. By playing at school, your child will learn new skills, engage in social interaction, and discover the world around them. In the early grades of elementary school, play is often used as a central learning tool. And there's nothing more enjoyable than learning to write and count while playing.


Tip 5: Be clear about saying goodbye

Last but not least, and perhaps the most difficult of all, saying goodbye. When your child goes to elementary school, you may need to say goodbye to each other for the first time. Of course, not for long, but this can be quite an adjustment. To soften the blow, it's wise for parents to discuss the goodbye with their child earlier. This way, your child knows what's going to happen. Also, when the moment comes, don't linger as a parent. Wish your child fun and give them a hug: show that it's going to be a great day!

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