Starting out at before and after school care can be a little daunting, even for the most confident of children. There’s new surroundings to take in, new people to get to know and a whole new routine to get used to. But rest assured you can help your child prepare for their first day at before or after school care, so they can settle in with ease.
Take a tour of the premises
Whether your child is just starting school or has already been attending school for a few years, it can help to take a tour of the OSHC premises before they start. This will allow them to get familiar with the space, get an idea of the activities they can do and also hopefully meet some staff members.
Understand the routine
It’s important for you and your child to understand the routine of the OSHC before you attend. Find out when meals are provided, how your child needs to get to/from class and ask if there’s anything you need to take along. Being prepared and knowing what to expect can help make the first day easier for your child.
Will meals be provided?
Find out if your OSHC provides meals so you can go prepared. Some services offer breakfast for the children in the morning and this can help minimise the rush of the morning routine at home. If there won’t be afternoon tea provided at after school care, make sure you pack some more food in your child’s school bag. You don’t want them to go hungry on their first day.
Will your child know any of the other children at the service? If not, it might be a good idea to try and make some introductions before their first day. Having a friendly face can help make your child feel at ease and gives them someone to hang around with while they’re making new friends.
Bring a comfort toy
While it’s not typically encouraged for children to bring toys along to OSHC, taking a comfort toy on the first day can help ease anxiety. Talk to the staff at the service before your first day and find out if this will be okay.
Helping your child get ready for their first day of OSHC can help to make the transition a little easier. Once they have settled in, the fun and adventures can really begin. They might not even want to come home!