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Hi all,

my daughter will attend school for the first time this September in the 1st maternelle. She's 2.5 years old and we were told by the school's teacher that there is no adaption period for the first days. We just leave the kid there and leave, which makes me quite anxious about her reaction to this.

I would like to know if this is a common strategy in Belgian schools and how you dealt with your child's first days at school.

Thank you


The Belgian educational system can appear to be intricate at first because of the assortment of childcare and training alternatives in Belgium that expat families need to consider.

With regards to the bunch levels of national and neighborhood organization in Belgium, the Belgian educational system can appear a minefield to newcomers attempting to enlist their youngsters. Be that as it may, as Belgium is the capital of the EU, the training framework is very much created to serve universal and working families. Moreover, says that childcare offices including play and homework are now and then accessible at schools previously or after classes for working guardians, however there is generally a charge.

Jul 4, 2018 15:52

It is likely that within a few days she will be happier being at school with all her new-found friends than being at home with her parents. If the area in which I live is anything to go by, friendships made in first primaire will still be enduring 50 years later.
Seeing it all made me realise where education in the UK goes so terribly wrong.

Jul 4, 2018 16:05

Its pretty normal practice for children on their 1st day of school to be dropped off in a common room and parents leave asap. It is quite affective even though a bit distressing but it seems to work well. The second day is often tougher, however when the child is ready he/she adapts well and only a small percentage of children struggle with separation. I work in an International school and have adapted a very similar approach; however the parents drop their child off in my classroom except before 815am they go to a common room. Some parents insist to do 1/2 days for a couple of days or sometimes for a few weeks but I haven't found this to be helpful.

Jul 4, 2018 17:51

"which makes me quite anxious about her reaction to this."

Yes, it's true, it's often the parents who are more anxious than the children. If you are having anxiety issues, it will impact your child entering school. You need to be confident, and you need to show your child that they should be as confident as you.

What you should be doing all summer is preparing your child to be excited about going to school. Talk to them about it, have them socialize with other small children. You need to get to a situation where your child is looking forward to going to school. Have them involved in buying their school bag. "Play" at being in school with your child. Get a small chalk board and teach them some numbers. Go together and get some basic school supplies like some colored pencils and a notebook, which the school probably won't want or need, but it'll help your child to be involved in the process.

On the day, take your child in, say hello to the teacher then get out as fast as possible. If you are still anxious, your child will be aware of that, and it's going to be hell for them.

Jul 4, 2018 19:09

Yes it is a common practice in écoles son joined last year in November for the first time and on the first day he cried but the parent is not allowed to stay because the faster the parent leaves the easier it is for the teachers to calm the child down...don't worry many children will be joining school for the first time and you will not be alone...the children adapt easily...but it is hard for the parent..just remember that this is good for the child since he will interact with fellow children and the teachers are always nice and know how to take care of them.

Aug 7, 2018 09:30