How to Prepare Your Child for Preschool

A girl on the first day of preschool

If your little one is about to start preschool, you may wonder how to prepare them for the big change. It can be challenging for kids to leave their parents and go off to school, but with some preparation, it can be a smooth transition. This guide will help with everything you need to do to prepare your child for preschool. We have you covered, from packing their backpack to allowing them to adapt to the new environment!

Talk to your child about preschool and answer any questions they have.

It’s important to talk to your child about what they can expect from preschool. Explain that they will be learning and playing with other kids their age. Let them know that the teachers are there to help them and answer any questions. If your child is nervous, assure them that you will be there to pick them up at the end of the day.

If your child has never been away from home overnight, start with small steps. Have them spend a few hours with a grandparent or babysitter. This method will help them get used to being away from you and give them a chance to practice following someone else’s rules. You can increase their time away from home as they get more comfortable.

Help them get used to going to school by dropping them off at preschool for a trial run.

If your child is having difficulty adjusting to the idea of going to school, you can try dropping them off for a short while so they can get used to it. This way, they won’t be so overwhelmed on their first day.

Some kids take to preschool immediately and are excited to make new friends and learn new things. Others may need some time to warm up to the idea. Either way, it’s important to be patient and understanding with your child as they transition into this new phase of their life.

Pack their backpack and lunchbox with everything they’ll need for the day.

a girl preparing for preschool

Be sure to pack your child’s backpack with everything they’ll need for the day, including a spare set of clothes and snacks. It’s also a good idea to label everything with your child’s name, so nothing gets lost. Finally, if your child has any special needs, be sure to communicate this to their teachers so they can be prepared. Here’s the preparation for the preschool checklist.

  • Completed registration form (provided by preschool during the registration process)
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of vaccination record
  • Parents ID (I.C / Passport)
  • Milk formula (for infant care)
  • Diaper
  • Lotion / Nappy Cream
  • Laundry bag
  • Baby wipes
  • Face mask
  • Blanket
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Shampoo / Body Wash
  • Water bottle
  • A spare set of clothes for a week
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks
  • A water bottle
  • A blanket or stuffed animal (for nap time)
  • Any medications your child takes (with a note from the doctor)

Make sure they’re dressed in comfortable clothes that are easy to move around.

Your child will be spending a lot of time playing and learning, so it’s important to dress them in comfortable clothes that they can move around in easily. Avoid clothing with buttons or zippers that can be difficult for little fingers to manage. It’s also a good idea to send them in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty as kids tend to get messy when they’re having fun!

Here are some other things to keep in mind when choosing your child’s outfit for their first day of preschool:

  • The weather – If it’s going to be a hot day, dress your child in light, breathable clothing. If it’s going to be cold, make sure they have a jacket or sweater to keep them warm.
  • Playing outside – If your child will be playing outside, send them in closed-toe shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Art projects – Many preschools do arts and crafts, so it’s a good idea to send your child in clothes that you don’t mind getting paint or glue on.
  • Nap time – Some preschools have nap time, so you may want to send your child in a comfortable outfit that they can sleep in.

Explain how important it is to listen to their teacher and follow the rules.

It’s important to explain to your child that they must listen to their teacher and follow the rules while at preschool. This will help them stay safe and out of trouble. Tell them they can always come to you if they have any questions or problems.

It is also a good idea to review the school’s rules with your child before their first day. This way, they’ll know what to expect and won’t be surprised by anything. For example, most preschools have similar rules, such as raising their hand to speak, being kind to others, and respecting personal space.

Here are a few things you can do to help your child follow the rules at preschool:

  • Role-play different scenarios with them so they know how to handle different situations.
  • Explain why it’s important to follow the rules.
  • Help them devise a plan for what to do if they feel overwhelmed or frustrated.
  • Talk with their teacher before their first day, so you’re both on the same page.

Look for signs of separation anxiety.

It’s normal for children to feel anxious about going to preschool, especially if they’re used to being at home with you all day. If you think your child is feeling anxious, be sure to talk to their teacher about it. They may be able to help ease your child’s separation anxiety and make the transition easier. You can also try to prepare your child for preschool by reading books about it or discussing all the fun they will have. 

Saying goodbye

Be sure to hug your child and tell them how proud you are of them. You can also stay with them for a few minutes on their first day to help them feel more comfortable. Once you see that they’re settling in and having fun, it’ll be time to say goodbye. Remember, you can always call the school if you have any concerns or questions.

We know the transition from home to preschool can be a big adjustment, but following these tips should help make the transition a little easier. Before you know it, they’ll be coming home with stories about all the new friends they’ve made and the fun they had!

With these tips, you’ll be sure to set your child up for success on their first day of preschool! With some preparation, starting preschool can be an exciting time for you and your child! Thanks for reading!