For many children, getting the bus is just a normal part of their school day. However, like any new experience, the first time can be a daunting prospect. If you’ve decided to start letting your child get the bus to school you will want to prepare them so that both you and your child have peace of mind. An independent school in London have shared their top three tips for parents who want to help their child settle into this new routine as seamlessly as possible.
Practice the Route
Get the bus with your child a few times before they make the journey alone. Being familiar with the route and where they need to get on and off is a key way to offset any nerves. As insignificant as it may sound it can be disconcerting for a child to flag down the bus or to press the bell to get off if they have never done so before. Showing them the ropes a few times will mean that they are more at ease when they eventually take the journey alone.
Create a Routine
The fear of missing the bus and being late for school may be adding extra stress to the whole idea of catching the bus to school. By establishing a set morning routine, you can avoid the risk of running late. Find out the bus schedule in advance and arrange for your child to catch a bus that will get them to school in plenty of time, as this will allow for any traffic issues or other delays. You may wish to drop them off at the bus stop and be there to pick them up which will negate a lot of their stress as they will find comfort in knowing you will be there waiting for them.
It is important that you brief your children on safety before they take the school bus alone. You will want to discuss the basics, such as remaining seated or holding onto a handrail at all times. It is also important that your child is taught not to talk to strangers, and to never get off the bus before their stop. You should remind your child that they should always alert the bus driver if they feel unsafe for any reason.