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We understand that attending school in-person is going to be a big change for these toddlers, especially after 2 long years of online schooling. As we prepare to make their first day of school special, we know you might have some queries in mind. Here are some of the most common ones answered :
- What if my child cries on the first day of school?
In Kindergarten, children cry till they adjust to the school environment. They are not crying because they are hurt – they are crying because they are scared of the unknown. The school and teachers will stop being unknown in a little while and the children will stop crying. Do not get upset! Do understand that this is common, a routine thing.
- My child is crying harder on the 2nd day of school! Does that mean my child did not like school?
Children cry more on the 2nd day than the first. That is because on the first day they do not know why they are crying. But – on the second day, they have a clear idea, so the crying is better planned 🙂 But really, it’s normal and quite alright. Once the school becomes a familiar part of their routine, they want to come even on the weekends!
- Would we as parents be allowed to come to school and help out children settle in?
This is greatly discouraged, since children will only cry more if they see you. Our teachers and bus attendants know that a crying child needs to be handled with love, kindness and patience. They will take care of your child, don’t worry. But also understand that it takes around a month for most children to get properly adjusted to the school environment.
- Could I at least call and check up if my child has settled in?
The school staff is all busy trying to make the children feel comfortable. Do not keep calling up the school to find out if your child has stopped crying. Anyway, the team answering the phone is different from the team handling the children. If a child is crying unbearably, or becomes violent and tries self-injury we immediately contact the parents. But this is very rare. There are so many fun distractions in school that the children start enjoying themselves pretty quickly.
- My child is potty trained. Why do I need the diaper?
Everyone has to wear a diaper for the first two weeks. Kids have different words for potty and pee pee which the teacher takes a while to figure out. Kids are also not quite adjusted and in their anxiety may not communicate their need to go to the bathroom in time. For that reason, we ask all children to wear a diaper for the first two weeks. Nursery students might need to wear a diaper for at least a month or longer (since they take that long to get adjusted).
When the diaper-wearing stops, students must wear underpants. Do not put on the track pants directly. It is dangerous and very unhygienic.
- What if there’s a potty accident?
If the child has a major potty accident (do note that a diaper is required), that is more than the diaper can handle, we do clean the child and give them a fresh set of clothes to wear. Please send the school’s clothes back the next day (washed and cleaned) so that they are ready to be used for someone else.
- On the first day, I find that my child has come back with a full tiffin. Is no one paying attention to my child?
The first few days the child may not eat much in school. When the child has separation anxiety and is upset, eating is not of any interest to the child. But since school is only for 3 hours, it is not such a problem. So do not worry. Things settle in that department quite quickly.
- Will someone feed my child?
No. There is no one-on-one staff to feed each child individually. We do encourage them to get started, but they have to eat on their own. This is also a thing for the kids to learn, if they are not doing it already – and they do. They just need a little bit of time. Also, please make sure that you choose the item in the tiffin wisely so that the child does not have difficulty eating it.
As everything the kids need is provided in the school, there is not much scope to “lose” things – but here is what we do..
- My child came back home, having lost a brand new handkerchief. Why is this happening?
KG kids just LOVE playing with their handkerchief and also tend to forget them and lose them. You may check in the pool of ‘lost and found’ but please do not create an issue if you don’t find yours. Many people are agitated because ‘expensive’ handkerchiefs are exchanged. Please understand that the school really cannot do much in such a case.
- Missing masks? Missing sanitizers?
Again, you may check in the pool of ‘lost and found’ but please do not create an issue if you don’t find yours.
- What happens if we forget the ID card?
The ID is the only way of figuring out which class the child is in, where the child would go at the end of the day to reach home and the way to access the child’s contact information for an emergency. So, without the ID card it is impossible to manage the child in the school. Hence we do not allow any children to attend the school without the ID card.
- Why is the tiffin ID card and size so important?
The children put the tiffin away when they come to school. They are too little to put it in a designated area and remember to pick it up from there. Also they can’t really walk much with their tiffin bag in hand. So, the tiffin bags are loaded into crates (hence the size is important else all bags don’t fit) and then handed over to the kids during recess and departure (hence the tiffin ID card is important). Without it, there is no way of getting the right tiffin to each kid. So if the tiffin bag is not the right size or is without ID, we do not take it into the cafeteria at all.
Dos and Don’ts :
- DO make sure the school t-shirt is worn inside, even if the child is wearing the school jacket. Some parents directly just put on the jacket. That is a big no-no.
- DO send a handkerchief in the pocket. This is important. But DO NOT pin it up to the t-shirt.
- DO make sure that the SCHOOL ID and the TIFFIN ID is attached properly.
- DO NOT USE SAFETY PINS. ID card to be tied to the pocket string. Handkerchief in the pocket (NOTHING pinned to the T-shirt. Safety pins and little children are not a good combination!)
- DO NOT use hair pins. Children put them in their mouths. Use BLACK COTTON hair bands instead.
Your child’s first day of school is such an exciting event! It’s an important memory and a milestone. Take photos and videos. Document it for the later years. Celebrate the day later in the evening. Don’t be nervous and scared. Focus on the positives. Enjoy it! Even the crying and howling (if that is the case) is a great story for later!