- Back to school guide from the experts at Parentchannel.tv -
London, 24 August 2010: You may have just got used to having your children back for the summer holidays, but next week Britain goes back to school. Breaking out of the holiday mindset and back into the often-stressful school run is no mean feat, but have no fear – online parenting advice service Parentchannel.tv is on hand with a stress-busting back-to-school guide to help things go more smoothly.
- Make sure you know the school start date and time as sometimes ‘starters’ go in a day earlier than everyone else
- Get back into the school bedtime routine one week ahead of the start of term to establish a good sleep routine and stop the inevitable bedtime arguments
- Make sure school uniform and shoes all fit and are in good repair and that stationary is useable
- Hit the shops and replenish those packed lunch essentials and if you’re going back to work, get organized in the freezer for quick meals
- Re-introduce school learning to your child by reading books together and making a fun game out of times tables and spelling. For tips and techniques, watch this film about reading with your child or this film about maths at home.
- Your child is likely to be tired during the first week, so plan easy evenings
- Plan something nice for the first weekend after school starts as it will take the edge off the stress, especially for nervous first timers who are starting at a new school. Watch this film about starting school for more advice.
- If your child is nervous about starting at a new school, give them (and yourself!) reassurance; talk about the positives and arrange for them to go in with a friend. Watch this film on switching school for more advice.
- Make sure your working week isn’t going to be manic, don’t forget to pack your bag as well!
- Relax and enjoy the quiet…!
“The start of school is often a stressful time for parents as well as children, as it means getting the family into a brand new routine and dealing with the emotional turmoil of start-of-term nerves and tired kids. It’s a times like this when parents can lean on Parentchannel.tv, by watching the short, helpful advice videos and following the links to get further advice and information.”
For more information please contact Ruth Clifford at Four Communications on 0870 626 9921 or email email@example.com
Parentchannel.tv is a not-for-profit online resource for parents of children aged between 5-19 years old in England. It provides short videos for parents on learning, wellbeing and behaviour. It has been developed by a consortium of Parenting UK, Capablue and Tomorrow’s Child and is funded by The Department for Education’.