Most of the children are either back in school or will soon resume. Getting the back to school routine going includes easing back into the school schedule and sleeping patterns. When starting school after a long holiday, there will be some adjustments to make before everyone gets back into the routine. There is so much to do that it is easy to forget some of the things you need to do amidst all the activity.
Below are some tips to help with settling back in, taking into account the changes – new teachers that need to be briefed, new domestic staff that need to know the rules, etc.
- Vitamins can help to boost your kid’s immunity to the rigours of school. Also make sure they take a lot of fruits, which are natural sources of vitamin C.
- Make sure immunizations are up to date for immunization aged kids
- Make sure your child’s school has an updated list of medications and provide extra medication (e.g. an inhaler in school). If you had medication in their bag from the last term make sure it is not expired.
- Update all medical records and doctors information
- Label all new school items, flasks, clothes, bags and all other items that might need labelling depending on the age of the children.
- Sign up for any extracurricular activities your child might be interested in, make sure to discuss with them and let them have a say in whether they would like to continue those piano classes or not (this will save a lot of frustration)
- Meet the teacher and mention any changes to your child’s life such as family moves and births to help a teacher understand any changes.
- Usually, when the school starts there will be a school calendar sent with the welcome packet. It is helpful for both parents and other caregivers to update calendars with upcoming events and set reminders. This should help with planning as well for half terms, public holidays and vacations coming up.
- You could also print out and fill calendars for the term. You can paste this somewhere everyone can see and use as a guide for daily and weekly activities.
- Go over all school run details with everyone including the gateman, driver, and nannies. Be sure to repeat it don’t assume they remember your rules from the last term, especially if you have some new staff.
- Go over rules with your children as well as school pickup security, watching for cars in the school parking lot. Nannies should be sure children’s clothes are not caught in the door of the car when it is shut. The driver should make sure the children have used their seatbelts before he starts driving.
- Update the school if you have new people authorized to pick your children who need new ID cards as necessary.
- Go over details with your children, such as emergency phone numbers, he/she should memorize at least one parent’s phone number. It is also advisable the children know their parent’s full names and where they work/how they can be reached.
Wishing everyone a safe school term!