Thursday, 26 November 2020 04:01

Transitions Can Impact Everyone

I know that this time of year many families will be focusing on the older children in their families who might be transitioning to start school next year, we also have children transitioning to new rooms and starting at MICCC for the first time. Children who are not changing rooms must not be forgotten as they can be the ones who struggle the most! Their childcare routine which has been the same for a long while, might be very different... different faces in the room, different primary carer, different locker spaces, different drop off routine without their older sibling to comfort them. All of a sudden they may be watching their sibling at home pack a lunch box and put on a uniform, routine moments that are completely foreign to them, siblings may even ride in separate cars on their way to school and childcare. How often has that happened before? Let’s not forget that this transition period is over a festive holiday period too, where they may get to spend lots more time with their family making wonderful memories.

The point of this blog is to remind you all that any slight change in a child’s daily routine, their family construct, their homes, their childcare/preschool environment, even changes in time spent with family/educators or even the weather, all have the potential to become huge mountains for them to climb. Our Margaret Ives children are learning more about themselves everyday, and their understanding of a range of emotions is still emerging as they learn to self-regulate at their own pace. Wellbeing and behaviour are so closely inter-related that any slight changes in behaviour you notice in the coming months could potentially be a sign that your child is trying to process big feelings about change. It is so important to listen to your children, you know how your children communicate best, and validate what they are feeling by helping them name their body’s reactions, “I see your smile has gone”... “I can hear your voice getting louder”. Talk about how your body reacts when you are overwhelmed, worried, sad, angry, frustrated etc. Then share the ways you self-regulate; breathing strategies, going for a walk/run, cuddles, quiet reading, singing etc. 

As an example: I know my daughter tries to push me when she is experiencing big feelings, I tell her “I don’t feel good when you push me”... “let’s take three deep breaths together and have a cuddle, then we can work out what is making you feel this way.”

 Our staff team are all hear to support your child’s wellbeing and support you as you navigate this journey with them. If you can, try to maintain stable routines with your children and give them lots of verbal cues that changes are coming, as we will be doing the same at Margaret Ives

 Last year I posted a blog about supporting change and transition that goes into more detail about how it connects to behaviour and wellbeing, also mentioning how difficult it can be for children with communication/language barrier to express themselves. Please have a read if you haven’t already....  https://margaretives.com.au/blog/item/53-supporting-change-transition.html

 Ollie Lauder

MICCC EDUCATIONAL LEADER

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