One of the most overwhelming times of a child’s life is the years that they spend at school. Even if you choose to homeschool, it’s still a scary time! The first years are scary. It’s time away from their parents, their familiar surroundings and even their own toys. Children need reassurance that you will be there for them for all of the scary bits. Kids have to navigate classes with new friends and new teachers telling them what to do. You as a parent have to get on with life and hope that they’re not encountering bullies and other emergencies along the way.
The hard bits begin before you’ve even got the kids into the right school. You have to decide which school to send them to, booking in tours with public schools, autism school if needed, private schools and more. These are significant decisions, deciding whether you are going to be able to keep your children safe at school from afar. Let’s look at the things that you could be doing to ensure that your children are as safe as possible, even when they’re not with you!
Ideas for keeping your kids safe at school
- First things first, check out the school policies. You need to know how the school that you choose is going to handle things like bullying, emergency drills, dress codes, etc. A supportive school is important, especially if your child is going to show signs of needing additional help. You need to feel confident that the school will see it too. It is all about partnership! The best place to start is with reading the school handbook. Once you’ve done that, you can move onto meeting with the headteachers.
- This leads us to our next point, communication is key. Don’t take the risk of missing out on key things in your child’s education by not getting to know the teachers that they see day in and day out.
- Speaking of communication, you need to encourage as much open conversation as possible with your child. Ask them about their day, what they’re learning, who was nice to them that day. If there are struggles, ask them to detail more to you. Talk them through what’s going on and how they can get help from their teachers. You need to support them emotionally too. You need to carve out special time one on one with your child every day to make sure that you stay current with their issues.
- Get online as much as you can and get some reviews online about the schools that you are looking at. You can use technology to your advantage and ask for help from parents with children already at those schools. Read inspections, school reports and past newsletters. This will help you get to know the vibe of the schools that you are looking at.
Your children deserve your attention whether they are at home or not. Spend time helping them to choose the right school and college and keep them safe at school and watch them bloom the right way.