Preparing for First Day at Pre-School

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Dear Parents,

Are you on the countdown to Pre-School next year? Most parents will by now have signed up and begun to look ahead to this first milestone in their child’s early years education. If you haven’t yet, there’s still time to contact us and check availability. We know it can be an anxious time for parents, so here are a few tips to get ready for the big day.

  • Visit Us

You can see for yourself how Bambi’s operates, how the children’s activities are conducted, and all of the equipment and facilities we have for them.

  • Meet the Team

We are always interested to meet new parents, and answer any questions you may have. You might want to ask about the typical daily routine, start an finish times, lunches and snacks.

  • Talk to your child about Bambi’s

This is something to do carefully, but it can be a lot of fun getting excited! When you are ready, you can come to Bambi’s together for a short visit. This will help familiarise your child with the location and setting and with the idea that there will be other children there. You can talk about Pre-School at home in the weeks leading up to the start date. Another idea is to choose a schoolbag together, use this as a way to talk about Bambi’s – what will go into the schoolbag, will the other children have one, where will you leave your schoolbag in Bambi’s each day? Talk about the teachers by name, and how happy their teacher will be to meet them again on the first day. Another great way to build your child’s familiarity is to talk about Bambi’s when you pass the shops, school or church! We love to see parents stopping at our window with their children to look in and see all of the exciting things happening inside! 🙂

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  • Planning Ahead

There are a few practical ways to make the first day smooth for you. Think about how the first day routine might be different at home? Will you walk together or drive to Bambi’s? What about breakfast, schoolbag, lunch. It’s a good idea to get them involved in the preparations, perhaps they can help you decide what goes in the lunch box or choose something for them to wear. Look for something comfortable and loose so that they can relax and play with paint, sand and water without worrying about their clothes! 🙂

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  • Saying Goodbye on Day 1

This is often a more difficult time for parents than for children! Remember that Bambi’s has been around for a long time, we help parents get through this every year, and our team are very experienced. Talk to us about the best way to ensure it is a happy, exciting time. If your child cries on the first day, don’t worry, it happens sometimes. Follow the lead of the teacher, who will be extremely sensitive to your child’s needs and to your needs as a parent. It’s important to be on time when you are collecting your child because this is extra reassurance for them. Most children will settle in very smoothly – it may take a little more time for some than others as every child is different!

What will you do after you have dropped them off on the first day? We recommend you treat yourself to something nice, after all, it is a big day for you too!

We hope this information has helped. The main thing to remember is that you have our support at all times. If you have any concerns, please let us know – we can talk it through together, and make a plan so that your child’s first day is a positive, exciting experience!

If you know someone starting at Bambi’s next year, feel free to share this to them using the Facebook icon below. We look forward to meeting you 🙂

Bambi’s Team

 

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