Back to School Tips After Christmas Holidays

Most children will be getting ready for back to school after the Christmas break. Hopefully, easing back into school schedule and sleeping patterns has not been difficult. Here are some back to school tips for you to keep in mind.

Back to School shoppingHealth
  • Vitamins can help to boost your kids immunity for the rigours of school and all the germs they will be re-introduced to. Also make sure they take a lot of fruits and vegetables.
  • Make sure immunisations are up to date for all children.
  • Make sure your child’s school has updated list of medications. Ensure there is adequate medication in class if need be (for example an inhaler). If you had medication in their school bag from last term make sure it is not expired.
  • Update all medical records and doctors information
Security
  • Go over all school run details with everyone including the gateman, driver and nannies. Do not assume they remember your rules from last term, especially if you have some new staff.
  • Go over rules with your children as well about school pickup security. They should not cross close to cars. The driver should always make sure the children have their seat-belts on before he starts driving.
  • Update the school if you have new people authorised 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 know at least one parents phone number memorised. It is also advisable the children know their parents full names and where they work and how they can be reached.
General
  • Label all new school items, flasks, clothes, bags and all other items.
  • Discuss and sign up your child for any extra curricular activities. Let the child have a say as to 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. It is helpful for both parents and other caregivers to update calendars, phones 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 which, you can paste somewhere everyone can see and use as a guide.
  • Nutrition is important, so a good plan on what your child will eat is essential for healthy and nutritious meals. [Read: Back To School Meal TimeTable ]

Wishing everyone a safe school term!

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