Support and Guidance

Advice for new Early Years parents

What can I do to prepare my child for school?

When your child starts school, as parents you are filled with pride and enthusiasm – your baby is now a child starting out on their educational adventure. It is exciting to prepare your child's backpack and uniform, but it is natural to also feel anxious about your child walking into their classroom to start this new stage of their life! 

What can I do to prepare my child for school?

  • Speak to your child very positively about their new school, the new friends they are going to make and everything they are going to do and learn. If you have time, you can read them some books about starting school.
  • Help your child to be independent, giving them the responsibility of preparing for their first day of school, helping to organise their backpack, snacks and uniform from the first day.
  • When you drop off your child, say good bye in the fastest way possible – extending the time can make children nervous.
  • A good nights' sleep is very important. Your child must get used to going to bed early.
  • Get your child up with plenty of time for them to stretch, dress, and have time for breakfast. A good breakfast is essential to start the day well.
  • It is important to help your child become autonomous – when they can do something for themselves, you should not do it for them.
  • Identify all of your child's belongings with their name and surname and send a bag to the school containing a change of clothes, in case there they have an accident (polo, jersey, pants, underwear, socks and disposable wet wipes).

HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD AT HOME?

At home, encourage them to share what they are learning at school. Ask what songs are singing in class and look them up on the Internet, then sit with your child and sing them together. You'll be certain to enjoy the shared experience with your child. 

Child protection

We believe that child protection requires everyone to take responsibility and that every child matters. We recognise that the care, protection and welfare of children is paramount and that all children have the right to be protected from all types of harm.

The British Council is committed to:

  • valuing, respecting and listening to children
  • ensuring all necessary checks are made when recruiting staff
  • maintaining strong child protection systems and procedures for staff
  • training its staff and providing a common understanding of child protection issues to inform planning and practice
  • sharing information about child protection and good practice with children and parents/carers
  • sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately
  • providing effective management for staff through clear processes, supervision and support.

For more information about child protection policy at the British Council, please click here.

Security

Our students' safety is an absolute priority. Our school has introduced a student card system in which parents or guardians are required to present their children’s student card for drop off and pick up every day. 

We have surveillance equipment across the whole school campus and employ professional security services to guard the building.

Transport

We are unable to provide school bus service since the British Council International Pre-School is located in a high-security, traffic-restricted area near the British Consulate and the High Court. No on-street parking or drop-off/pick-up is allowed in front of the building, though there are public car parks nearby.