Tips to prepare your child
- Practice habits and routines that will make it easier for your child to adjust (e.g. getting on shoes and coats, opening lunch containers).
- Know what kind of information you should share with your child’s school.
- Introduce your child to school before the first day (e.g. go to the playground and let them play on the school’s equipment).
It’s important to share information about your child with the school. The more a teacher knows about your child, the better they will be able to make school a good experience.
- School Lunches
Pack a safe and healthy school lunch to give your kids energy to learn, grow and be active!
- Immunization Records and Reporting
Learn how to provide the Health Unit with an up-to-date record of your child’s immunizations.
- Active Play - Preschool
Playtime can help your toddler develop new skills like walking, running, jumping, climbing, hopping, dancing, talking, socializing, and how to make friends.
- A Healthy Start to School: A Guide for parents and caregivers (disponible en français)
Parents play an important role in the positive development of their children. Find more resources here!
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I know if my child is ready to start school?
- What's next?
- What are some new habits and routines to practise before school starts?
- What health check-ups do I need to think about?
- What should I share with the school?
These are just a few things a typical 3 year old can do:
- Speak clearly enough to be understood all of the time by family
- Walk up the stairs using a handrail
- Play with others comfortably
- Listen to music or stories for 5-10 minutes with you
Do your kids walk to school? Follow Tony the Street-Wise Cat and learn how to cross the street safely at traffic lights.
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To speak with a Public Health Nurse from the Middlesex-London Health Unit, call:
- Monday - Friday
- 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.