Starting school is a time filled with mixed emotions for both parents and children. There is obvious excitement as the child takes their first steps into the educational system, but there may also be great apprehension about what lies ahead. Every child is different and will face individual challenges and require different support.
When choosing a school for your child, consider their particular needs along with the support available at the school.
Before your child starts school, it's a good idea to familiarise them with the school and to assist them to get to know their way around. Talking about what school may be like and discussing any fears they have before starting school can also be beneficial. A child reaches compulsory school age when they are at least 6 years and 6 months. The option of delaying entry to Prep or Year 1 should be discussed with special education staff and the principal.
Fostering a good relationship with all of the teachers involved in your child's education assists your child's education process. Keep the school informed of any developments or changes happening with your child to ensure they have all the information they need to develop and deliver the most appropriate program for your child.
There are always opportunities for parents to get involved in the school community, and your child will love having you involved in their new experiences. It's also a great way to get to know other parents.
All state schools offer opportunities for parents to join a Parents and Citizens' (P&C) Association. These associations are involved in a variety of school activities from policy to financial planning, as well as tuckshops, fundraising activities, school functions and out-of-school-hours care.
For more information about P&C Associations, contact your school or go to the Queensland Council of Parents' & Citizens' Associations Inc. (QCPCA) website.