Getting ready for preschool

Getting ready for preschool

You've found the perfect preschool for your little one. Now, go through Kwok Kar Peng's checklist of the things to ease her transition.

Tour the centre

Visiting it a few times with your kid before school starts can help ease her into unfamiliar territory, says Ruth Chia, a curriculum and programme manager at NTUC First Campus. Show her around the classroom, lunch area and bathroom.

If possible, do it during school hours. Your child can also explore and survey the class, but let her choose whether she wants to interact with other children.

Talk positively about what the pupils are doing - highlighting things that especially interest her - and how much she'll learn with her new teachers. It's important to keep your own emotions in check. If you feel guilty or worried about leaving her in school, she'll probably sense it.

"When you enter the classroom on the first day, calmly reintroduce the teacher to your child, then step back to allow the educator to begin forming a relationship with her. Your endorsement of the teacher will show your cutie that she'll be safe and happy," Ruth adds.

Boost her health

You heard how your friends' kids fell sick repeatedly after entering preschool. So, naturally, you'd want to boost your little one's immune system. Dr Wendy Sinnathamby, a specialist in paediatrics and consultant at the Raffles Children's Centre suggests a well-balanced diet, including a variety of vegetables and fruit, and of course water.

Teach her to wash her hands regularly with soap, too. You can also consider giving her a multivitamin supplement, especially if she’s a fussy eater and isn’t taking formula milk anymore, as well as a Vitamin C with zinc supplement.

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