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    There's more to orientation than just watching kids eat fruit. If you can't get her to all 4, then could you contact the school and find out if there is one that will be most beneficial and attend that?

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    sounds normal to me - we just had 1 2 hour session in nov although her preschool went there a couple of times

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    We were 3 x 2 hour sessions in November. I said to the principle it was hard as the sessions were so far away from school starting and he said we could come play at the school playground anytime over the school holidays. That helped me know I had chosen the right school for us.

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    We were 3 x 2 hour sessions in November. I said to the principle it was hard as the sessions were so far away from school starting and he said we could come play at the school playground anytime over the school holidays. That helped me know I had chosen the right school for us.

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    Welcome to the never ending struggle of trying to balance work and school. So much harder than daycare. It's really never ending they schedule so many things like assemblies, sport events, special events right in the middle of the day.

    We had an open day, playgroup and then 3 x 2hr orientation sessions. I had to take time off for each but I figured starting school is such a huge milestone and knowing my DS it was important that he felt as comfortable as possible on his first day of 'big' school.

    Could you swap work days or perhaps at attend 1 or 2 sessions just to ensure your little one is familiar with the school and teachers?

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    I think I gave the wrong impression- of course I will do everything in my power to get her to the orientations and make it easier for her (and me!).

    As I said I was just a bit let down they only go for an hour and tbh I'm surprised some don't really have one at all for other schools? It made me then begin to question what's the point. Especially as setting dd1 up for daycare at 3 was so different and involved a big easing into it process which was encouraged. There's not many preschools at all either here so I thought they'd push it a bit more.

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    Default Kinder orientation- what's normal?

    My DD is in prep this year and there was no 'settling' sessions. We just eased her in on her first week (ie staying for a bit longer in the mornings, picking her up everyday etc) and she was fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Miss Sunshine View Post

    As I said I was just a bit let down they only go for an hour and tbh I'm surprised some don't really have one at all for other schools? It made me then begin to question what's the point. Especially as setting dd1 up for daycare at 3 was so different and involved a big easing into it process which was encouraged. There's not many preschools at all either here so I thought they'd push it a bit more.
    Totally get where you are coming from 1 hour is not a lot of time and totally inconvenient! I would take it as a good sign that the school is interested in making the transition a little easier.

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    DD had one orientation day, 9-2 or thereabouts. Sounds like there's a lot of variation in what's offered!

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    We have 1 day in November (so 3 months before they start) and it goes for about 2.5 hours

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