The first day of Prep is an exciting and daunting time for children but parents can help to make this big step as stress-free as possible.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said Prep was the first time that some children would be away from their parents.

“It’s also the first time they have worn a uniform and have a routine or schedule to follow, so it’s important to support children through this,” Mr Pitt said.

“Prep allows children to be actively involved in learning through investigation and play and makes connections between children’s prior experiences at home, kindy or childcare and what they will do at school.

“There are a few simple activities parents can do with their children to give them a flying start in developing independence and personal organisational skills, making the transition to Prep more enjoyable and relaxed.

“Putting on their shoes and eating and drinking independently, carrying their own bag and caring for and putting away their play things and belongings are all lessons that can be encouraged at home.

“Attending open day, meeting the teacher and driving and walking past school a few times are also effective in familiarising your child with the school environment.”

Mr Pitt said children at Prep develop early literacy and mathematical skills and participate in outdoor, musical and language activities.

“Prep gives all young Queenslanders a flying start to school and sets them on the path to lifelong learning,” Mr Pitt said.

“Parents play a vital role in this early education, helping to develop a child’s positive approach and attitude towards learning.

“This is a positive, happy time for children with the support of teachers and buddies with older school students in place to help the young learners along the way.”

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