Jump to content

prep age changing schools mid term.
tips on making the adjustment easier.

  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 strawberrycakes

Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:43 PM

DH has accepted a job offer that requires us to move.  DD will have to change schools mid year, I am so anxious about how she will cope after only just starting Prep a week ago.

Everyone is telling me that she will be fine provided we are all together etc etc but I can't help but feel so worried about how she will go fitting into a new class half way through the year.

DD is also in a dance class that she loves so I will be enrolling her into a new onw as well as swimming. I want to try & make things as 'normal' as possible by continuing all the activites she has here but am also worried that it will be too many changes in too short of a time period.

Any advise or tips on how to make this adjustment easier would be appreciated?

#2 mez70

Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:56 PM

How far away are you moving?? Is it possible to go and spend a few days down there with her to show her the schools etc and even closer to the time perhaps spend a long weekend or two done there and approach the school to see if she could come and sit in the class she will be going into for a day or half day to start getting to know some faces...Moving Mid term can actually be great as you get to know kids before holidays come around so you then get to have people to play with in the holidays.

Swimming should go smoothly, though if you go to a "chain" swim school if you can enroll her in the same chain at your new place it will be easier. I know when we moved my kids were in prep (already attending new suburbs school as I drove cross suburbs for a term due to house not being finished on time) Anyhow we changed swim schools, and they old and new school did things completely different to each other which did set them back a little at first..

Once again depending on distance, I would possibly try and get her into the new dance school ASAP as coming in mid year means that she may have missed a lot of work/ routines etc and it may be harder for them to work her in if that makes sense. My DD does Calisthenics and I know all there routines have all Chore etc done by June and July. The rest of the year is practice, refinement, practice etc..

One thing I remember from when we moved in grade 1 so I was 6 was that even though we were moving 2 hours away, before we moved we spent quite a few weekends in the new town both house hunting and then getting to know the area.....Then once we moved in the first 6 mths we also spent a lot of time going back to the old suburb (thankfully my nan lived near there so we stayed with her) still seeing old friends etc once we established new connections in the new area we stopped going back as often (apart from seeing my nan etc).. Oh and perhaps contact dance schools etc in the area know and ask questions can you go and meet them in advance etc

#3 strawberrycakes

Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

How far away are you moving??
2 -2.5 hours away.  

Moving in May so just a few weeks off the end of term 2.

Once again depending on distance, I would possibly try and get her into the new dance school ASAP as coming in mid year means that she may have missed a lot of work/ routines etc and it may be harder for them to work her in if that makes sense.
Unfortunatley just too far to travel to do it now.

#4 SeaPrincess

Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:34 PM

We moved in the middle of term 2 last year, so DS2 was in kindy (age 4). I was really worried, but he settled in beautifully to the new school, better than his first school!

I think sometimes we worry about this stuff for the children more than they actually do.

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users


The device that allows you to bottle feed and use your phone at the same time

"It dawned on me that I could do some catch-up work while he fed, but I needed something to help me hold a bottle and my smartphone."

Mum posts photo of c-section scar to prove she gave birth

A new mum angered by people suggesting women who deliver their babies via caesarean section have not "given birth" has challenged that misconception by sharing a photograph of her scar.

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis welcome daughter

Actress Olivia Wilde and her fiance Jason Sudeikis are parents again.

Nurse cuts off part of newborn's finger

A newborn baby is without the tip of one finger after a nurse accidentally cut it off with scissors.

See the new Thomas & Friends clothing range for girls

It's a long overdue move for kids and parents alike.

Finally, someone's come up with a way to stop doona thieves

If you've ever shared a bed with a dyed-in-the-wool doona stealer you'll know how frustrating it can be.

Family rituals to make mealtimes easier: mums share their tips

Special rituals, as well as favourite cutlery and plates, can make dinner times less challenging and a lot more fun!

Toddler pours entire bag of dog biscuits down the toilet

Most mums of toddlers have a funny horror story about the time they turned their back for 30 seconds only to find mayhem on their return.

Surgeons successfully separate 13-month-old twins conjoined at head

Surgeons at a New York City hospital have separated a pair of 13-month-old boys who were congenitally joined at the head, completing a rare operation that carried a risk of death and severe brain damage, their mother said.

'Do I call the parents or an exorcist?'

Babies can sometimes get themselves into unusual positions while sleeping, but this youngster has the makings of an acrobat.

The complicated grief of losing your babies

In the park near our house my partner and I have a bench. We paid to have it put there last year after our twin boys Fred and John died.

How the way you’re born and fed can affect your immune system

Vaginal or caesarean, bottle- or breastfed: it all influences our gut microbes and future health.

Depression made me a crummy friend - but I'm working on it

Getting well and falling in love with my son has brought a feeling words simply can't describe. But I didn't expect it to be a little heartbreaking, too.

Mountain Buggy Bagrider makes travel so much easier with baby

Haven't we all needed more hands when travelling with babies and toddlers?

'I look like a troll!': mum shares postpartum hair regrowth woes

Rather than hiding her postpartum hair regrowth, author Giovana Fletcher has photographed and shared it.

A police officer saved a baby's life, forever changing his own

With his bald head, light goatee and bulging arms covered in dark tattoos, Officer Kenneth Knox is an imposing figure.

The tandem breastfeeding photo that got a mum's Facebook account shut down

A mother of six from the US claims that Facebook disabled her account because she posted a photograph of herself tandem breastfeeding a stranger's baby along with her own.


Top 5 Articles


What's hot on EB

Win a Hawaii beachfront resort holiday for two!

Enter now for your chance to win 1 of 4 trips for two to Hawaii, staying at Outrigger resorts in Waikiki.


Vintage Toys

The toys of your childhood

Take a trip down memory lane with these vinage and retro toys that you may have had in your childhood or your parent's childhood.

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.