Making it fun improves chances of success says report
It’s rapidly approaching that anxiety-laden yet exciting time, when children across the UK prepare to begin school for the first time. It’s vitally important for parents and carers to ensure that they are equipped with the skills to help keep themselves and others as illness free as possible, according to a recent report on the News and Star website.
Some children may have already benefited from a childcare setting, but for other it may well be the first time that they have been away from home for a significant amount of time, according to reporter Brandon Mawson. He offers this advice for parents of new school children.
“Helping your child cope with changes by making transitions as smooth as possible will help build their resilience to changes.”
In short, says the article, preparation is the key…
There are a number of key things that kids need to be capable of doing before they start.
- Being accustomed to family meals, being able to use a knife and fork, to walk with a tray and to pour their own drinks are all helpful skills to learn says the report.
- Going to the toilet alone, wiping themselves and flushing the toilet are all important.
- Being able to brush teeth is also very helpful, along with getting enough sleep confirms Mawson.
Hand washing when it’s needed
Being able to wash hands thoroughly at the right times is an essential lifetime skill to teach youngsters, particularly when they are in an environment where, perhaps inevitable, some wash and others don’t.
“Washing hands and wiping noses are two of the best ways to stop germs spreading in a school setting.”
A great way to ensure that hand washing lessons are effectively learned – and remembered – it to make them enjoyable and therefore more likely to be retained, says the report.
“By making washing hands and nose wiping a fun activity, for example, through songs, children may be more likely to remember to do it.”
The Kiddiwash range of warm water hand wash units are perfect for smaller hands – and are ideal where a portable solution is required.
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