Time goes fast! When children in the Netherlands turn for four years, they go to primary school. For both parents and children that is a new phase in their lives, an exciting phase. Because what should you take into account as a parent? And what can you prepare for? We share five tips.
Tip 1: A good start is half the battle
When your child first goes to primary school, 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 to see how the atmosphere is. It is also an idea to plan an appointment during school hours. This way you can explain to your child that all the children who are already at school do without their parents - to get used to the idea.
Tip 2: Questions? Set them in advance
Many primary schools organize information evenings and have special information books available for parents. If something is still unclear, you can contact the teacher. Send an email or ask for a conversation. That way you are assured that all your questions are answered!
Tip 3: Toys for reassurance
Sometimes it can be nice for your child to bring something of a hug or toys on the first day of school. This gives your child support and something familiar from home ensures that they do not feel alone. It also makes other children curious. What kind of toys did you take? This is how your child makes new friends in no time.
Tip 4: Playing is good for development
We've often cited it in a few of our blogs, but playing is good for your child's development. By playing at school, your child will learn new skills, enter into social interaction and discover the world around him. In the first classes of primary school, play is often used as a central learning tool. And nothing is of course more fun than learning to write and count in a playful way.
Tip 5: Be clear with saying goodbye
Last but not least, and perhaps the most difficult of all. Say goodbye. When your child goes to primary school, you may have to say goodbye to each other for the first time. Of course not for long, but this may take some getting used to. To alleviate the pain, it is wise to discuss the farewell with your child as a parent at an earlier moment. That way your child knows what is about to happen. Stay when the moment is there, not hanging too long as a parent. Wish your child fun and give a hug: radiate that it will be a fun day!