Starting school for the first time can be very exciting for many young children, they are keen to make new friends and learn new things. However, some children become very anxious about starting school. The anxiety at this age is usually related to separation from the main carer in an unfamiliar environment.
Gradually increase the length of separation prior to starting school
Be clear that you will return and when – do not use time if they do not understand this rather use situations such as “after lunch”
Take them to look around the school and be positive and excited about the experience
Maintain that positive approach when attending settling in sessions, reminding them of all the new toys to play with, and the new friends they will make
Remind the child that their teacher is very nice and that should they need to ask anything they can ask him/her
Remember that little people have ears and if they hear you talking about their fears it will increase them
Only use positive language when talking about going to school and the fun they will have
Do not anticipate that they will have a bad experience and try not to say this to teachers when you take them into school.