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Good Health and Physical Wellbeing

10.11.2009 · Posted in Reference and Education Articles

The road to success in school begins early. Good health, loving relationships, and opportunities to learn all help Preschool children do well later in life. But many parents Wonder, “How can I give these things to my child?” This section is for all of you who have asked this question. It’s for parents, grandparents, and others who want to know What to do to help young children get ready for school. Throughout the preschool years, you can do many simple things to help your child grow, develop, and have fun learning. [I:0:G]nnYoung children need nutritious food, enough sleep, safe places to play, and regular medical care. These things help children get a good start in life and lessen the chances that they will later have serious health problems or trouble learning. Good health for children begins before birth with good prenatal care. Visit a doctor or medical clinic throughout your pregnancy. In addition, eat nourishing foods, avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other harmful drugs, and get plenty of rest.nnYoung children are often very excited about entering school. But when they do, they can face an environment that’s different from what they are used to at home or even in preschool. In kindergarten, they will need to work well in large groups and get along with new adults and other children. They will have to share the teacher’s attention with other youngsters. The classroom routines may also be different.nnRecognize that there are many ways to find good care. Ask friends and neighbours. Look in the Yellow Pages of your telephone book under “Child Care Centres.” Look in the classified ads of your local newspaper, or place an ad of your own. Put up notices on your church or synagogue bulletin board, in grocery stores, local community centres, or at the employment office of local colleges or universities. Look for notices that other people have put up.nnWhat counts most is what we say and do at home, not how rich or poor we are or how many years of school we have finished. When children can count on getting attention at home, they have a greater sense of security and self-worth. This will help them do better not only in school, but also when they grow up.

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