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Nurture : 2010
Moruya & Batemans Bay Caring and educating children from 6 weeks to 6 years. Independently owned and operated by Jane Matthews. Princes Highway, MORUYA P: 4474 4278 1 Kerang Street, Surfside BATEMANS BAY P: 4472 9936 E: email@example.com Great childcare... What is it? Caring Safe Secure Fun Accredited Staff Wholesome Food and Learning. 09 nurture beating the first day blues JANUARY Getting ready for school requires being organised so it's best not to leave it too late to buy uniforms, shoes, books and stationery. For first timers, including your child in the shopping trip will help ease the transition from preschool to "big school". "For the little ones, January is a good month to talk about going to school and to cover all the issues that they might need to know," says Helen Paynter, a primary school teacher with 40 years of inter- national experience. "Take your child along to buy their first school uniform and other items for school. Make the event even more special by letting them choose their own lunch box and drink bottle." Make sure your child can open the lunch box easily. Put your child's name on everything. A useful maxim to keep in mind is "if in doubt, label it". Remember, your child will be one of about 20 children in their class all wear- ing the same outfit, using the same type of pencils and car- rying the same design of school bag. The school can only return lost items if they're labelled and your child will only recognise what's theirs if their name is on it. After seeing thousands of five-year-olds through their first day at school, Paynter knows that it's the little things that make all the difference. "Closer to the start date, let your child dress up in their school uniform so they can get used to it," she says. "And always wear in the new school shoes - there's nothing like blisters on the first day to put you off playing with your new friends." THE NIGHT BEFORE Murphy's law states that if something can go wrong, it will. Avoid the stresses of the first morning of school by laying out clothes (including underwear, socks and shoes) the night before. Have a bottle of sunscreen nearby to apply in the morn- ing. Make the school lunch and put it in the fridge. Pack the school bag and include a spare pair of underpants and socks in a plastic bag in case of any toilet accidents. Tell your child these items are in their bag if they need them; also mention it to their teacher when you arrive at school. Knowing they have a change of clothes will help ease any embarrassment and stress for your child if they wet themselves. And don't forget to pack a hat. Ensure your camera is ready, that the batteries are charged and that it's stocked with fresh film or memory card. FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL The day has come and there's a good chance that parents of first timers will be quite emotional. Stay bright and positive even if your lit- tle one is nervous. The teacher will have prepared activities for the children so direct them towards playing with a puzzle or a game. When saying goodbye, a quick hug and a cheery 'see you in the afternoon' is just perfect. Trust the teachers who have done this many times before and know how to settle children on their first day at school. If you're using the after- school care program, make sure your child knows who will pick them up and at what time. don't forget ... organisation is the key to a stress-free return to school