Taking the school bus is a big step for children. For many it is exciting; however, if your child hasn’t travelled alone before they may feel slightly anxious.
To help ease those nerves and prepare your child for this new experience, here are some tips from an independent school in Hertfordshire…
Visit the bus stop
It is really helpful to visit the bus stop before your child begins their new journey to school. Watching other children using the bus can help your child to feel more comfortable about travelling alone and it may also help to settle your own nerves. Visiting the bus stop will also ensure that you know the exact journey time to get there. You don’t want them missing the bus! Furthermore, you could practice the bus journey in your own car, so that your child can get used to the route.
Sit with a friend
Sitting next to a friend on the bus can help your child to feel more relaxed. Speak to the school and see if they have organised a seating plan. You may be able to find out in advance who they will be paired with, or arrange for your child to sit with a particular friend. If your child is free to choose their own seat, then you could arrange to meet a friend at the bus stop. This will allow your child and their friend to board the bus together.
Safety on board
Finally, it is important to discuss safety rules with your child. Explain why they must wear a seatbelt and remain seated while the bus is in motion. It is also important that your child is aware of ‘stranger danger’ and knows road safety rules, especially if they are older and will be making their way home.
If your child has concerns about travelling to school without you, it is important to discuss their worries and reassure them. Let them know that there will always be an adult on board and they can sit near the driver if it makes them feel safer.
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