Is your child about to start taking the school bus? If so, it can be helpful to talk about their new routine, visit the school bus and get them familiar with their new route. Knowing what to expect will help to ease their worries and make them feel more confident about travelling without you.
Here are some great tips from an independent school in West Sussex to help prepare your child for taking the school bus…
Visit the bus stop
It can be really helpful to visit the bus stop before your child begins their new travel routine. Watching other children using the bus might help your child to feel more comfortable and may also settle your own nerves about them travelling alone. Visiting the bus stop will also ensure that you know the exact journey time to get there. You don’t want them to miss the bus on their first day!
Travel with a friend
Having a friend on the bus will help your child to feel more relaxed about their new routine. Speak to the school and see if they have a seating plan in place or if your child is free to sit where they please. If your child is free to choose their own seat, then you could arrange to meet your child’s friend at the bus stop. This way they can board the bus together and sit next to each other for the journey.
It is really important to discuss safety rules with your child before they begin using the school bus. Explain the importance of wearing a seatbelt, staying seated when the vehicle is in motion and behaving sensibly. 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 from the bus stop.
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