Preparing Your Child for Reception: A Parent’s Guide

Posted: 5th March 2024

Starting Reception is a significant milestone in a child’s life which can evoke a mixture of excitement and nervousness. However, with careful preparation and support, this transition can be smooth and enjoyable for everyone involved. Here are some practical things you can do at home to prepare your child for the beginning of their school journey in Reception.

Establishing a Routine

One of the key elements in preparing your child for Reception is establishing a consistent daily routine. This includes regular wake-up times, meal times, and bedtime routines. By having a structured schedule in place, children can feel more secure and prepared for the routines they will encounter at school.

Encouraging Independence

Reception is a time when children begin to develop their independence. Encourage your child to practice simple tasks on their own, such as:

  • Dressing themselves, including putting on coats and shoes
  • Using the bathroom independently
  • Tidying up after themselves
  • Using a knife and fork

Building these skills will help your child feel more confident and capable when they start school.

Fostering Social Skills

Social interaction is a crucial element of a child’s experience in Reception. Help your child develop their social skills by arranging playdates with other children, encouraging sharing and taking turns, and discussing the importance of kindness and empathy. These interactions will prepare your child for building positive relationships with their peers and teachers at school.

Introducing School Concepts

Familiarise your child with basic school concepts to ease their transition into Reception. This can include talking about the school day routine, such as assembly, circle time, and playtime. Additionally, read books about starting school and engage in pretend play where your child takes on the role of a student or teacher.

Here are some book ideas:

  • First Day at Bug School by Sam Lloyd
  • Jellybean Goes to School by Margaret Roc
  • My First Day by Leilani Sparrow

Visit the School

Arrange a visit to the school before your child starts Reception, if possible. This can help familiarise them with the environment and alleviate any anxiety they may have about the unknown. 

Whether your child will be new to the school, or coming from Edenhurst Kindergarten, a smooth transition into Reception is important. Our Reception staff spend time in Kindergarten getting to know the children, and the children are invited to spend time in school with the Reception team. Our Kindergarten children also get to know our PE, French and music teachers through the Kindergarten lessons delivered by these specialist teachers. We also run transition events in which the parents are invited, and we have an information evening, which helps you to prepare for your child’s first day in Reception. 

Start Talking About School

Mention the topic of school in everyday conversation. Ask your child how they feel about starting school and encourage them to talk about things they are looking forward to and things they may be worried about. Maintain a positive attitude when discussing school with your child. Emphasise the exciting opportunities and fun experiences they will have, rather than focusing on any anxieties or worries. 

Discover Reception at Edenhurst Preparatory School

We have just a couple of places remaining for children to join our Reception class in September 2024.

To find out more, book a place at our Reception discovery morning on Friday 19th April, 9:00 – 10:30 am.

Contact us on 01782 619348, email clair.wardle@edenhurst.co.uk or visit www.edenhurst.co.uk to learn more. We look forward to welcoming you to Edenhurst.

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