It’s estimated 300,000 children will experience their first day of “big school” this year, however the reality for some is that they will be starting school solo, without the security of a familiar face. My son is one.
In order to soothe my stress over this (as well as my son’s) I sought the advice of Marie Hirst, psychologist and national coordinator for KidsMatter Starting School at the Australian Psychological Society, as well as KidsMatter Ambassador, Tracey Spicer. Denyse Whelan, an experienced educator of over 40 years, and former deputy principal and principal also shared her words of wisdom and together helped devise five strategies for both parents and children to cope when starting school solo.
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