How To Prepare Your Child For Their First School Holiday Program


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School holidays. Time for kids to blast off into a world of fun, explore cool stuff they might not get to at school, and make memories that’ll last forever. Maybe your child’s been buzzing about a program with friends, or you’re considering signing them up for something new. 

It’s an exciting adventure, but you might have some questions if it’s their first time. How can you make sure they have a blast? No worries, here are some tips to prep your child and set them up for an epic school holiday program experience.

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Preparing Your Child Emotionally

Put yourself in their shoes. Think about how you might feel starting something new. Talk to your child about any worries, and get them pumped about all the cool stuff they’ll get to do.

Here are the key steps to prepare your child emotionally:

Talk it up

Chat with your child about the program in a positive light. Highlight the exciting activities they’ll get to do and the new friends they might meet. Show them pictures or videos from the program’s website, if available. Programs designed for primary school-aged children, like the Rocketeers school holiday program by Camp Australia, often offer a range of engaging activities tailored to their interests.

Address any worries

It’s natural for children to feel apprehensive about new experiences. Listen to their concerns and validate their feelings. Let them know it’s okay to feel nervous but remind them that the program staff is there to help them feel comfortable and have fun.

Practice separation

If your child is used to being around you all day, consider practicing short periods of separation beforehand. This could involve leaving them with a trusted caregiver for an afternoon or attending a playdate at a friend’s house.

Make it a team effort. Chat with your child about the program, highlight the fun stuff, and answer any questions they have. If they seem nervous, practice being apart for a little while. This way, they’ll feel like a pro by the time the program starts.

Packing Essentials

Packing can feel like a puzzle but don’t worry. Throw in a few extras to keep your child comfy and ready for anything. This way, they can focus on the fun, not forgotten sunscreen.

Below are the items to consider when packing:

Label everything

Make sure all your child’s belongings, from their backpack to their water bottle, are clearly labeled with their name. This will help prevent lost items.

Pack for comfort and fun

Send your child with clothes that are comfortable for participating in various activities. Don’t forget a hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle, especially for outdoor programs. Pack an extra set of clothes if the program involves messy activities like painting.

Pack a special item (optional)

Allow your child to bring a cherished stuffed animal or a small comfort toy to the program. This familiar item can provide a sense of security during their first few days.

By packing these essentials, you can help ensure your child has a smooth and enjoyable experience in their school holiday program. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so pack a bit extra if you’re unsure.

Communication is Key

Effective communication ensures your child feels secure and informed about their school holiday program.

Below are some crucial tips for fostering open communication:

Go over the schedule

Review the program schedule with your child beforehand. Talk about drop-off and pick-up times, what to expect during the day and any special instructions.

Open communication channels

Let your child know they can call you or a designated caregiver if they need to talk during the program. Reassure them that you’ll be thinking of them and can’t wait to hear about their adventures when they get home.

Talk to the staff

Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to the program staff at drop-off. Tell them about any special needs your child might have or any concerns you may have.

Keeping the lines of communication open helps ease any anxieties your child might have and ensures a smooth and enjoyable program experience. Remember, a little communication goes a long way.

Building Excitement

To get your child excited about their upcoming school holiday program, consider the following tips:

Plan a pre-program activity

Get your child excited about the program by doing a home-related activity. If the program involves science experiments, conduct a simple experiment together beforehand. For art-focused programs, break out the craft supplies and have a creative session.

Pack a healthy snack

Surprise your child with a special snack to take to the program. This will be a fun treat they can enjoy with their new friends.

Positive reinforcement

Tell your child how proud you are of them for trying something new. Their first school holiday program is a chance for them to gain independence, explore new interests, and make new friends.

Building excitement can make the transition smoother and more enjoyable for your child. Engaging in related activities, packing special snacks, and offering positive reinforcement are effective ways to boost your child’s confidence and enthusiasm for the school holiday program.

Final Thoughts

School holidays are a chance for adventure and growth. Following these tips can help your child feel prepared, excited, and ready to make the most of their program experience. With planning and open communication, your child can blast off into a world of fun, new friendships, and unforgettable memories.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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15 days ago

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