Is your child heading to big school soon? A key factor that contributes to the success of this transition from childcare is the establishment of routines. Helping children adopt certain habits and behaviours from an early stage enables them to understand how the world around them works.
There are many benefits to establishing a routine for your child, such as:
Building social skills:
Through repeated behaviour, children build manners and social skills such as:
- Greeting their friends
- Taking turns to speak
- Waiting patiently
- Sharing their toys
- Helping their peers, and so on.
Not only are these skills useful for school, but also play an essential role in character building.
Safety & Hygiene:
Looking both ways before crossing the road and washing hands before eating are some essential routines that when established early on, become habitual for children by school- age.
Independence and control:
By being able to predict what is going to happen next, it creates a sense of comfort and emotional stability for young children. A boost in confidence comes from knowing that certain behaviours can be anticipated.
At Early Leraning Services centres, we work together with the children to establish predictable routines. These include understanding class times, food breaks and participating in extracurricular activities.
The habits and behaviours encouraged by our educators at preschool will not only set them up for big school, but life in general.
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For more information on how you can build strong links between home and your child care service, click here to check out this useful fact sheet by our friends at StartingBlocks.gov.au