Do your research on ensuring a smooth transition for getting back to school

BE PREPARED: There is plenty of information out there to support you and your child make the transition to school.
BE PREPARED: There is plenty of information out there to support you and your child make the transition to school.

THERE's no doubt about it - starting school (or heading back to school) is a time of change for young people and their families.

Perhaps your young charge is starting a new school, or making the transition from primary to high school.

For some children they make the transition quickly; for others it may take a while to settle in, or maybe they just don't want to go at all.

According to BeyondBlue, research shows transitions to a new learning environment may be a time of potential challenge and stress for children.

Beyond Blue's Be You mentally healthy learning communities program has some useful resources for families and educators who are keen to investigate how they can provide support through this time.

"For some, it brings excitement about making friends and learning new things, while for others the change can leave them feeling nervous and overwhelmed," the website states.

"Studies show that around 15 per cent of students have some difficulties adjusting as they transition in and out of primary school.

"These issues can have social and academic implications if they're not addressed."

So how can we help make the transition run as smoothly as possible?

Preparation is key, according to Beyond Blue: the more things feel familiar and controlled, the more your child or young person can relax and feel confident about what's happening.

Visit the Beyond Blue website for more advice and tips: healthyfamilies.beyondblue.org.au/home and beyou.edu.au/fact-sheets/development/transitions

Headspace also has some information on the topic of returning to school and adjusting.

It says there can be a number of reasons why it might be hard to go school: trying to make new friends, pressure to get the best marks, dealing with bullying, or perhaps going through a mental health issue such as anxiety or depression.

Its tips include talking openly and honestly with them, letting them know you're concerned.

For more information and tips from Headspace visit: headspace.org.au.

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