In households all over Australia, parents are starting to think about the moment they need to send their children to school. Some with a little anxiety, especially if it's their first year or they're starting at a new school.

Other parents are looking forward to the time where they can finally get their routine back on track and don't have to worry about entertaining their kids out with fun summer activities.

For most, after the past two years, getting back to school represents getting back to some semblance of a 'normal' life.

But whether you're thinking about the new school terms with excitement or trepidation, the key is that you're thinking about it nice and early, so you have plenty of time to prepare everything from school supplies to your morning route.

In this guide, Superprof will remind you of some of the ways you can get your children- preschool to high school- ready to face a new school year, even during these stressful times.

So let's get ready for school, what do you say?

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COVID Safety

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No matter how big your children are, it's always a good idea to go over safety requirements. | Photo Courtesy of Pexels- August de Richelieu

Of course, we can't deny the effect that the development of COVID has had on our society and that it will have on our children's learning sessions at school or preschool.

The transition back to in-class learning won't be without its challenges, but with some support and training from their families, kids can learn the skills they need to have a safe classroom experience.

Key tips for your kids include teaching them skills, like how to wash their hands, or how to sneeze into their elbow.

Then, families need to start turning these skills into habits. For example, kids should know that they shouldn't wash their hands only when they go to the toilet, but often throughout their days.

They should learn where to put their masks when they're not wearing them or to make sure they pack things like their individual hand sanitiser.

Teaching your children the details of all of these social and hygiene skills without causing them undue stress can seem overwhelming, we know. Luckily, anyone from state governments to childcare organizations is here to help.

You can find plenty of books on the topic, and ideas for activities that you can download so that you can turn these learning sessions into play activities, making them a little less serious, but still ensuring readiness for the new year.

By facing these difficulties head-on in the early years, parents can make sure that each individual child has the social training to help protect everyone in the classroom, as well as themselves.

Supplies Ready

Another benefit of thinking about the transition from holiday to school early is that you will have plenty of time to gather every pen, pencil and book your child needs to pack in their bag!

There's so much to think about, from school uniforms to books to read and more. 

You should be able to download a list with details of the back-to-school supplies that your child needs to start their terms, but here are some tips about the most important:

  • Clothing: Whether your child has a uniform or not, you may want to think about ensuring they have enough clothing to wear something new every day.
  • Hygiene Products: Pack hand sanitiser, spare masks and disinfectant wipes so your child can stay clean in the classroom and at play.
  • General School Supplies: Books, pens, pencils and more. Make sure your children have everything they might need to avoid borrowing from other students.
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Heading to the shops for supplies early means you can avoid the last-minute rush and get every book and product you need. | Photo Courtesy of Pexels- Pixabay

Before you start heading to the shops, go through anything you have leftover from past years. It will also help to make a clear list with details of every book and every pencil you need, to avoid spending too much time in stores.

I'm sure we'd all love to avoid the crazy, back-to-school shopping experience, right?

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Make Time to Establish Routines

One of the hardest parts for young children going back to school is the transition from waking up at 12pm and being able to play video games from morning to night, to waking up at 7:30 and being at school on time.

To ensure readiness for the start of school, carers shouldn't wait until the first day to start waking up on time. We're not suggesting you start this kind of program in late November, a week before the first class should be plenty.

Set the alarm nice and early and practice important parts of the routine, like going to the toilet or eating a healthy breakfast every morning.

You can even turn it into play seeing how fast your child can pack their bag the night before without forgetting anything. Making your children part of the program will make them feel big and support them so that the first morning isn't quite as much of a shock.

Part of this program should also be about restricting the amount of play they have during the day, especially using technological devices.

Instead, break their days into 30-45 minute sessions, just like their lessons at school, where they are encouraged to read, do some sport outside and do other class-like activities.

Another thing to practice in your back-to-school sessions is the morning drive or walk. Try some test runs to see how long you need to get to and from school or childcare, add 15 minutes and you'll never be late!

It's also a good opportunity for everyone in your family to practice COVID readiness in public, getting used to things like wearing their masks on public transport.

Putting this all together, you can help your kids and their carers to have fewer difficulties as they face the transition from holidays to class time.

Find Out About Any Changes to School Life

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To be able to prepare everyone in your family for the change ahead, you'll need to be aware of the exact changes their school or childcare centre is putting in place to take care of their safety.

Some schools are offering information sessions, where parents can clarify any difficulties related to new rules and find out exactly what's expected of their kids and carers.

They can also provide information on where to look for any type of support service that might be available to families. This can be especially helpful for parents of kids who have pre-existing medical conditions, are suffering anxiety and more.

If you're not sure what to ask in one of these sessions, here's a helpful list to get you thinking about the myriad changes your child can expect:

  • Is there the possibility of online classes? If so, what program should you download in advance to prepare?
  • If my child has difficulties in the classroom, which carers can they go to for support?
  • What health regulations are compulsory? Which are encouraged?
  • What information should I teach my child before their first class to ensure their readiness?
  • Do you have tips about the type of language I should use so I can prepare my child without causing them extra stress?
  • Where can I find updates on health and care policies throughout the school terms?

By going through these questions one by one, all parents and families should be prepared for any difficulties they might face, term after term.

What About Older Students?

If you have high school-aged students, it can be easy to assume that they're big enough to find all the information they need to stay safe on their own. I mean, they all have access to the Internet, right?

Well, that's exactly why it's a good idea to have a conversation about all of these issues with them, well before the first class.

The Internet is full of conflicting and confusing information, and your children might be getting all of their information from fake or untrustworthy sources.

To make sure that they have the information that counts, you might have to do a little research yourself, looking at sources you can trust like the school website or your state health department.

This way, you can share important information and make sure your children know that you support them and want them to stay safe.

By following some or all of these ideas, every parent can make sure their family knows exactly what they need to do when school starts to make sure they can study in a fun and safe way!

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