As the holiday’s are drawing to a close, I am encouraging local parents to start preparing early for their child’s first day of school in 2019.
Parents and carers play the key role in a smooth transition to the next year level for all Queensland students.
Let’s encourage for parents and carers to talk enthusiastically to their child about school now ahead of day one in late January.
No matter what year level a student is entering in 2019, parents can help them look forward to the change and settle into their classes by having a positive chat.
It is especially important for Prep students to feel comfortable in their new schools.
Children starting Prep in 2019 may already have attended an orientation program at their school to become familiar with the school environment, routine and activities.
However, parents can also practice new daily routines with their child at home by putting on shoes, packing a lunch and even walking or driving to school.
The Department of Education and The Early Years Count websites feature some great resources for parents and carers.
There is plenty of useful information on school websites about uniform shop opening hours, the tuckshop, school activities and calendars, and positive behaviour expectations.
The Department of Education also offers a secure online parent portal and App called QParents which allows parents to access information about their child’s education and communicate directly with their school.
Schools using QParents can share information with parents and carers about their child’s attendance, behaviour, assessment, timetable and events.
For more tips and activities, visit www.qld.gov.au/earlyyearscount. For more information about state schools, Apps and resources visit www.qed.qld.gov.au.