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    Default Kinder orientation- what's normal?

    I'm organising to enrol dd1 into school next year (yay!) but I was disappointed? surprised? to learn that the orientation/transition program for her local primary school involves 4 weeks of weekly 1hr sessions only? In November? I thought a few hours at least would be necessary to help them feel comfortable?

    What did other schools offer when you enrolled your kids?

    Also, Thursdays I'm at work so I have nfi what I'm going to do about getting her there.

    (And I'm also already stressing as they are required to bring a piece of fruit and dd1 eats NO fruit 😭😭😭 it begins!!!).
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    The school that we send most of my class does sessions mid year. They are not willing to work with us to get the children there for the parents that are working..

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    My kids both did 3 sessions. First session was one hour (bring nothing and parents were welcome to stay in the staff room and have a coffee/chat), second session was 2 hours (bring fruit) and the 3rd session was 3 hours (bring fruit or playtime snack). They sessions were held over 3 successive weeks, all on a Thursday. All 3 sessions started at 9.15 and were in late October/early November.

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    Sounds very normal to me My DD had 3 orientation sessions in November / December. I think they went for 1/1.5hrs and the parents did things like a tour of the school, meeting the principal etc.

    I was supposed to work when they were on too, so I just took leave those days.

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    We had 3 sessions on a Friday in November, first 2 were 1-1/2hours (parents were in another room while the kids were in the kindy class room) and last one was from 9-12 which included recess , we knew our teacher and class room which was great as DS knew exactly where to go on the first day

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    My DS did 4 transition sessions over 4 weeks in November.

    1st session - 1 hour
    2nd - 2 hours
    3rd - 3 hours
    4th - full day

    My DS is in a support class though, so he may have gotten extra hours for that reason (?)

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    We did nothing. No Orientation is offered by our school. You go do an interview and then you go to an open day to get the lay of the land.

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    Ours was one 2 hour session November. Was really just to meet the teacher.

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    Default Kinder orientation- what's normal?

    Quote Originally Posted by frankie46 View Post
    Sounds very normal to me My DD had 3 orientation sessions in November / December. I think they went for 1/1.5hrs and the parents did things like a tour of the school, meeting the principal etc.

    I was supposed to work when they were on too, so I just took leave those days.
    I thought about just taking leave on those days but a)4 Thursdays in a row is a tough ask particularly as I only work 2 days a week and b) I need to save my leave when she actually starts school

    Like @Mamasupial most of our childcare will go to the school just down the road, they are trying again to organise something with the school but previous attempts in prior years have failed to achieve a visit/orientation.

    If it's just an hour a week (and just to sit and watch kids eat their fruit) and I can't figure out leave/work/etc I'm not even sure if she will even go at this rate
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    The never ending work / school / life juggle it's starting! It's really tough at times!

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