Preschool is a great way for your toddler to spend time with kids their own age and learn something new in the process. However, no matter how ready you think they are or how much fun you know they will have if they gave it a chance, sometimes it just doesn’t feel like it’s working.
Considering you can’t simply take them out – this won’t bode well when they have to go to primary school – there are plenty of things you can do.
1. Ask if there is something about school that they don’t like
Ask your little one outright if there is something about school that they don’t like. They may be struggling to make friends, do the work or even get along with their teacher, and sometimes they just need your support.
2. Ask yourself if it could be something else
Sometimes their dislike of school can actually stem from something else entirely. Has a new baby recently arrived in the home? Are there other children in the house? Does someone else other than you collect? All of these could mean your little one is feeling left out or they are simply missing you.
3. Don’t ignore the small things
Things that we consider small and insignificant can cause your youngster to become stressed. Not sitting beside their friend at lunch, not being able to open their bag or even being unsure of where the toilet is can leave your little one feeling anxious and unsure of school. Easy enough to fix, the first step to helping them is encouraging them to open up.
4. Help your child understand their emotions
Your little one doesn’t completely understand their emotions yet, and may find they are feeling confused by these and their new surroundings. Help them by describing and putting into words how they are feeling to help them get a better handling on them.
5. Be consistent
It is important you are consistent in your morning and collection routine, even if someone else is picking them up. Kids thrive on routine and can become upset if they aren’t sure who is going to be there when they are finished.