“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” – B.B. King
Dear Parents and Carers,
Structure and Routine
Just like adults, children feel more confident and secure when their daily activities are predictable and familiar. Each of our classrooms have structured routines and schedules in place to support all of our students. Routines create structure and promote mental, physical and emotional health. In contrast, the absence of a routine can often lead to stress and feelings of unmanageability.
In the home family routines set out how families organise themselves to get things done, spend time together and have fun. They help family members know who should do what, when, in what order and how often. Routines are important for children for several reasons:
- They help children and teenagers feel safe, secure and cared for
- They foster a sense of belonging and strengthen family relationships
- They teach responsibility, independence and organisation
- They can be good for children’s health by teaching them healthy habits.
How to incorporate structure and routine at home?
- Read a story together before bed, share regular family meals or play a game together
- Give your children a job/chore to complete daily or weekly
- Make a daily schedule with your children outlining specific times for brushing teeth, showering, eating, exercising and bed time.
Why routines are good for parents?
Routines can take some effort to create. But once you’ve set them up, they have many benefits for parents too. They can help you feel more organised and in control, which lowers your stress. Regular and consistent routines help your family get through your daily tasks more efficiently and free up time for other more fun things. Finally, routines often mean you don’t have to sort out disputes and constantly make decisions. For example, if Sunday night is pizza night, no-one needs to argue about what’s for dinner! Remember, a good routine should be well planned, regular and predictable.
For more information on Routines including some tips on how to set up a consistent family routine, visit https://raisingchildren.net.au/school-age/family-life/routines-rituals-rules
URGENT REMINDER: If your child has been given a change of clothing at any stage please wash and return them as soon as possible. We have run out of spare tracksuit pants and need them for students who have accidents at school.
Please feel free to contact me on 9743 5818 if you would like any further information about mental health and wellbeing in our school.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator (MHWC)