Big things are coming for the children of the Den… the transition from nursery to primary school!  Throughout June at Acorns Day Nursery in Exeter, we will be focusing on getting your Preschooler primary school ready. It’s so important to constantly talk about school during the build up to settle any worries and to turn them into excitement.. And wow, our preschoolers are EXCITED!

The new UNIFORM!

For the first few months of primary school, the new uniform is exciting. (Until they realise wearing your own clothes is way cooler!) So let’s have a dress rehearsal shall we Den? In a small group, the Den took it in turns to dress up building apprehension and excitement for primary school. Chloe spoke to the children about the things they might wear such as dresses, school jumpers and even PE kits. They took turns practising buttons independently, putting their own tops on and zipping their dresses up.
We then looked online to research the different coloured jumpers they will be wearing. “Burgundy!” for Bowhill, “Green” for Exwick Heights and “Red” for St.Thomas.
Independence to self dress is so important in getting school ready and so we will be practising it a lot at nursery.

Here are some tips on how you can encourage your pre-schooler to master it:

  • Let them try, every time! Even if they don’t succeed, practice makes perfect. Try to avoid correcting straight away.
  • Build a good morning routine when getting ready for school.
  • Have a “dress up” station.
  • Encourage them to pick their own clothes when they are not in uniform.
  • Let them practice buttons/zips on other items of clothing.
  • Give your child plenty of time to dress.
  • Start simple and build up!

Primary School Changes

During dress up, we spoke about the changes the children might endure when heading to primary school. For young children, heading to primary school can be a worrying time, so it’s important to discuss these worries to help children deal with them. They identified worries such as “New big place” and that they might want “Mummy when they are at school.” Chloe read the children a story about a worry monster who put his worries to bed helping the children understand solutions to their worries such as “teachers to talk to” “siblings to help” and “new friends to make.”
Reading stories and open discussions is so important in settling worries. We will be tackling school worries with the children during our Primary School Month of June.


New Routines

The children also looked at the different routines they might encounter at school such as “break times and lining up”  , “sitting down at the tables” and “learning new things.” It seems all our Pre-schoolers want to “learn to read by myself!”
The most important thing is to build excitement, tell them about the new friends they will make, new things they will learn and the positive change they will go through on their primary school journey.

Handwashing is another important skill for children to learn before school! Check out our blog here to see what you can do to help at home.
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