Helping your child with moving schools

When it comes to finding the right school for your child a lot of consideration goes into picking the right one. Starting a new school can be exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. Given time, a child soon settles in, as school makes up a large part of a child’s life. However, for one reason or another, a change may be needed. Changing schools can bring great trepidation, as it brings upheaval and stress for the family, especially the child. It is actually harder to start all over again, but there are ways to make the change a little easier.

How can you help a child with moving schools?

Prepare for the change

Moving to a new school can be extremely disruptive and stressful for a child, and it can leave the parent feeling worried. However, it is better that the parent be positive and optimistic, but be understanding of the hardship of moving. Help your child to mentally and emotionally get ready for the change. Have your child make a list or discuss concerns, to enable you to look at how to lessen these worries. This allows worries to be discussed to help your child feel more at ease.

Visit the new school

Prior to starting a new school it is a good idea to visit and meet with the teachers. Visiting makes the place feel less daunting on the first day. Looking around the school allows your child to get familiar with the setting. Meeting the teachers is also a good idea to allow your child to get acquainted. Just knowing the teacher can help when the first day arrives, as everything won’t seem so scary. Prior to the visit, ask if your child has any question or queries she’d like to make known, which can be asked on the initial visit.

Keep in contact with friends

One of the concerns of moving school is losing friends, and this can be heart-breaking for children. The thought of not being with your friends is upsetting, and can leave a feeling of isolation. Starting out again in a school where everyone knows each other can be intimidating. Being the only new person can bring about anxiety. A good idea is to let your child know that she isn’t going to lose her friends. There are lots of ways to stay in contact, and visits can be arranged.

Be there for your child

When your child starts the new school, you can only hope that it goes well. With all the support and preparation on the lead up, she is still going to need you. Be there for your child and spend time with her during the transition. Find activities to do together that are calming and happy. This can make life a bit easier on her in those early days. You just being there and available can make her feel a whole lot better. Ask her about her day and show interest, while being a positive and encouraging force.

Encourage extracurricular activities

Without being overzealous and pushy, try to encourage extracurricular activities. This is a great way for your child to get to know others, as well as build on interests or start new hobbies. There certainly are many to choose from, and experimenting can be a good way to bring out her confidence and encourage fun. This is a good way to make the transition more enjoyable and relaxed. Find out what’s on, and suggest the different ideas with enthusiasm.

The initial stages of moving to a new school are invariably going to be challenging and cause your child some stress. Good preparation on the lead up to the change can help. Ensure she has ways to contact her friends as so not to lose any of her good friends. Be positive, understanding and supportive. Expect your child to be a little difficult and challenging, as this is a big change for her. Be there for her and give support when needed.