Preparing Your Child to Ride the School Bus

Sep 23, 2019 by

If your kids have never travelled without you before, they might be feeling a little nervous to get the school bus. Don’t worry, they will get used to it eventually; here are some tips to help from an independent school in Oxfordshire, UK.

It’s always important to plan ahead where your kids are concerned so that nothing comes as a shock to them. For example, with regards to the bus, it’s worth getting them used to bus journeys as much as you can. Show them how to ask for a ticket and what button to press when they want the bus to stop. You could also read some books about getting the bus and potentially even introduce them to their new bus driver. The more familiar everything feels, the more confident they will be. This also means you should answer any questions your child might have and check in on them to see how they’re feeling about the situation.

Establish a routine with your child once they start getting the bus. Make sure you’re always on time and ensure there is a trusted caregiver waiting to pick them up at the end of the day. Knowing that someone they rely on is waiting at the end of the journey will help them with their nerves. You could also think about arranging a ‘bus buddy’ for your child, such as a neighbour or older sibling. This will help them feel safe.

Teach your child to deal with any unwanted behaviour on the bus, such as strangers talking to them or other kids picking on them. Of course, this is less likely to happen on a private bus, but it’s worth going over some house rules and coping techniques just to be on the safe side.

If you require any more advice to help a nervous child with their new bus journeys, don’t hesitate to contact their school and the teachers will be able to help you come up with some solutions.

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