Nursery school marks a child’s passage from the security of the home to a new environment at school. This experience is sometimes difficult for both parents and children – the transition can be made easier by being well-prepared for this exciting change.
Getting ready to go to school is an essential part of making this transition in a child’s life. Many times, difficulties or challenges can be easily avoided simply by being well-prepared:
- Parents should be open to the idea that their child will venture out into a new environment beyond the home
- Parents should discuss starting school and taking this exciting first step together with their child
- It is important to remember that starting school is a positive experience
- A visit to the school beforehand is extremely helpful; the child sees his new environment, making the first day less stressful
- If a new sibling is expected in the family, it is a good idea to start nursery school 1-2 months before the arrival so that the child does not feel they are being “sent away” from home.
The first day
- Parents mirror emotions; stress, fear, doubt or hesitation make the first day more difficult
- Parents must be confident; this is a positive experience and non-negotiable part of life for their child
- Start the day early; have ample time avoiding stress and pressure in the morning
- Parents should say goodbye without bargaining or giving in for more time
- Even in the best of circumstances, there may be challenges; remember this is a normal and expected part of separation.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that this is simply one of many developmental stages in a child’s life. If parents view the first day of school as a first step towards independence and a new life experience, which the child will experience many times in the future, it will be a source of great pride and a sense of accomplishment for both parent and child.
At Costeas-Geitonas School, counseling and psychological support is an important part of the learning process. Under the guidance of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator, teachers and parents alike learn how to help young learners develop personal life skills to becoming capable, happy people. The role of the counselor-psychologist includes:
- Psychological support for the transition to school life.
- Individual or group sessions for social inclusion at school.
Collaboration with Teachers
- Informing teachers on any emotional or developmental issues
- Working with teachers to resolve any issues in interpersonal relationships both in and outside the school environment
- Classroom observation and team dynamics
- Organizing presentations on psychological and educational topics
Collaboration with parents
- Counseling parents on issues affecting the child.
- Counseling and guidance on the transition process and separation stress.
- Organizing seminars, lectures and workshops for parents.