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How do I help my child make the transition easier when moving school?

Your child’s first day at a new school is going to be stressful for the whole family. Changing schools can be a tough adjustment for any child, particularly for an older child who has to leave lifelong friends behind. However, there are some things that you can do to make the transition easier.It’s a good idea to visit the new school with your child in advance and if your child is old enough involve her in tchoosing her new school.Think of ways your child can meet new friends at the new school. If you have any connection to the new school then it’s a good idea to use it.
  • Don’t push your child into meeting new friends. Just let her know you’re there to help if she wants you to.
  • Look for activities in your new community that you think your child will enjoy. If your child enjoys swimming, football or dancing enrol her in a class in your new area.
  • If your child wants a fresh start, talk to her about new activities that she may enjoy.
Work With the School:
  • If your child has any special needs, such as a learning disability, let the school know ahead of time. 
  • If your child has a hard time keeping up in school, speak to the school to ensure support is ready.
Be Positive:
  • Remind your child often that new friends don’t replace old ones. Arrange for her to keep in touch with old friends.
  • Allow your child plenty of time to adjust to the new school.
Get Involved
  • Make friends with other parents.
  • Try to get involved in the community, join a carpool or help out with the bake sale in the school.
  • Talk to your child about how you are both finding the change.
  • Changing from one school to another is tough, even for an outgoing child who has always done well in school. However, it’s important to focus on the good that goes along with the move.
 

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