Ten tips for kindergarten transition

  • Be positive – talk to your child about what they will do at kindergarten.
  • Borrow library books about kindergarten to read together.
  • Pack a lunch box at home and use it in the first few weeks before kinder.
  • Encourage your child to dress themselves, so they can manage tasks like taking their jumper on and off.
  • Visit the kindergarten or travel past it on your route home.
  • Place the Welcome card from Orientation with photos of your teachers on the fridge or somewhere children can look at them.
  • Label all belongings that your child will take to kinder.
  • Talk to your child and establish a good-bye routine together. You might practice this when visiting relatives or friends.
  • Establish a routine for kindergarten mornings – this could include a chart with pictures outlining the different steps for getting ready.
  • Create a routine around sleep – five-year-olds need 10 to 12 hours sleep each night. Practice sticking to bedtime and wake up schedules in the weeks leading up to the start of kinder.

Source – https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/child-care-kindergarten/Pages/tips-starting-kindergarten.aspx