5 warning signs that our children are under stress
- Becoming quiet and withdrawing from family and friends, especially in social settings.
- Overreacting to small and minor problems. This is also tied into seeing increased aggression
- Trouble concentrating. Completing homework could be a challenge for children with stress and anxiety
- Nightmares or bedwetting could be a sign that your child is dealing with stress and anxiety
- Eating or Sleeping problems. With stress and anxiety, a child could stay awake worrying and have trouble falling asleep.
If you found this video useful, dont forget to watch Part 2 and 3 of our ‘Coping with Stress and Anxiety’ series
For a child, leaving an Early Childcare Centre (ECE) and going to school for the first time can be scary, for both the child and parent.
The key for a smooth transition is in the preparation and getting your child familiar with the new school before their first day. In our transition to school video, Sione talks to his mother about his concerns and together they put a plan in place to make the transition as smooth as possible.
In this video, little Sione attends school for the first time, supported by his mother they both meet with the Deputy Principal, meet the new entrant teacher and go for a quick tour around the school. When they get back to class, Sione introduces himself then settles in for his first day of school.
At Pacific Learners, we are passionate about seeing our children flourish, grow and reach their full potential.
3 videos that will help your child transition to school
- Preparing your child for Primary School – This video focuses on what you need to do as a parent to make the transition from an Early Childcare Centre to Primary school as smooth as possible
- Put a stop to bullying – The early stages of Primary school can be challenging for our children, this videos deals with the situation of school bullying and what your child can do about it.
- Your job as a Parent – By the age of 4, your child needs to be socialised, this means your child should grow up to be respectful of other and be pleasant to be around.
This is the first of 20 short animated videos. Funny, educational and informative, this video touches on some of the COVID-19 Level 2 restrictions that out children and teachers had to navigate daily
Preparing your child for Primary School
Preparing your child for Primary School can be a stressful time for our young Pacific Learners and their families. It is important that we start the transition process early, and that our children can start to think and prepare for the journey ahead.
In this video, the pre-school teacher has 2 children that will be turning 5 soon, so she makes an appointment with the local Primary school so the children can meet the teacher, some of the children and become familiar with the school environment.
At Pacific Learners, we have a passion to see our young Pacific children get a great start to their schooling.
Below, we have listed 5 things a parent can do to prepare their child for Primary School, as a Pacific parent, it is important that you allow your child to continue to express themselves in their Pacific culture. They will make friends from all cultures, so encourage them to continue speaking their Pacific Langauge.
5 things parents can do to prepare your Preschool children for Primary School
- Identify the Primary School your child will be going to, then start to talk to your child about the school and the fun things they will be doing there.
- Talk to the preschool and ask to see the transition plan, the preschool will have a plan that will enable a smooth transition.
- In the weekend, or after preschool, take your child to the school, let them look around and play on the equipment. The child will become familiar with the environment and be more comfortable when they start.
- Don’t be too caught up in the child’s literacy and numeracy levels, for now it is about getting them settled into the new environment and exploring and making new friends.
- If English is a second language, don’t be worried. Let your child speak their Pacific language at home, this is important for their sense of belonging and cultural identity