Preparing a child for back to school as a nanny involves a combination of practical and emotional support. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you get started:
Begin adjusting the child’s sleep schedule a week or two before school starts to ensure they’re well-rested. Reintroduce morning and bedtime routines to help the child transition smoothly. Some children will appreciate a visual routine planner and it is a nice activity to do together and talk about going back to school.
Check the school’s supply list and ensure the child has all the necessary items. Involve the child in shopping for supplies to make it an exciting experience. Having appropriate and good fitting shoes is important, as well as a warm coat, hat and gloves in winter. Make sure the child has practised putting on their own shoes and coat!
Sort through the child’s clothes to see what fits and what needs replacing. Involve the child in selecting some new school-appropriate outfits.
Organise the Study Area
Create a designated homework/study space that’s quiet and free from distractions. Stock the area with necessary supplies like pens, pencils, paper, and a dictionary. Creating good habits and environment for homework is key.
Talk About Feelings
Discuss any anxieties or excitement the child might be feeling about going back to school. Offer reassurance and validate their emotions. There are lots of great books you can read to start the discussion. If there is an older sibling, also get them involved.
If possible, arrange a visit to the school to meet teachers and staff before the first day. Familiarity with the environment can reduce anxiety.
Pack Lunch and Snacks
Plan and prepare balanced lunches and snacks that the child can take to school. Consider any allergies or dietary restrictions. Make sure you have an appropriate lunch box that the child can open and close independently.
Help the child get into the habit of picking out clothes and packing their backpack the night before. Prepare a nutritious breakfast to start the day right.
Review Safety Rules
Remind the child of important safety rules, such as looking both ways before crossing the street and holding hands.
Help the child practice social skills like making friends, sharing, and resolving conflicts.
Have a conversation about the child’s goals for the upcoming school year, both academically and personally.
Maintain an enthusiastic attitude about the new school year to encourage the child’s excitement.
Be there to listen and offer encouragement as the child navigates any challenges.
Teach the child about managing their time effectively, including setting aside time for homework, play, and rest.
Gradually encourage the child to take on responsibilities like organising their belongings and completing tasks on their own.
Celebrate small achievements and milestones to boost the child’s confidence and motivation.
Maintain open communication with the child’s parents about their progress, concerns, and any specific needs.
Ensure the child’s vaccinations and health checkups are up-to-date. Remember that each child is unique, so tailor your approach to their personality and needs. Your role as a nanny is to provide guidance, support, and a safe space for the child’s growth and development.
We hope this is helpful! Let us know how you prepare a child for starting or going back to school!