Settling in days in preparation for starting school in September can be exciting and stressful for little ones. Some of the youngest may still be having the odd accident, and the new environment can sometimes be a catalyst for accidents. Children may get absorbed in their new environment and could forget to listen to their body’s signs that they need to go to the toilet. In addition, they may feel self conscious asking the teacher to go, or to leave the room in front of all the others.
Here are a few of our top tips to help avoid accidents while at settling in days at school.
Dress them in clothes that are easy to manage
Try to avoid any tricky buttons that could slow your child down when trying to get undressed in the toilet.
Explain what’s expected
Talk to your child about the rules of going to the toilet at school. If you are unsure, ask the teachers to explain if they need to ask permission to go. Some schools encourage using hand gestures such as making a ‘T’ with your hands. It can be down to individual teachers to decide the rules, so it’s best to ask.
Show them where the toilets are
If possible point the toilets out when you go into school and have a look at them together to put your child’s mind at rest that there are no tricky locks or noisy hand dryers.
Talk to the teacher
If you think there is a risk of accidents, or have any concerns, explain this to the teacher and agree how best to manage this.
Take a spare change of clothes
If you are worried about accidents, pack a spare set of clothes in your child’s bag. Using a Dry Like Me pad in your child’s pants to catch any accidents can help protect clothing and stop your child feeling self-conscious if an accident occurs.
Accidents happen and starting school is a major milestone, therefore it is not uncommon for children to get distracted and forget to listen to their body and to have an accident. The most important thing is for them to enjoy the day and look forward to going back in September.