5 Tips to Navigate Through Nursery School

Mankoana Nhlebela

Perfect Stranger

Taking your child to nursery school, for the first time, can be quite an emotional experience for most parents. I don’t think there can ever be a perfect moment for when you have to leave your precious one with a stranger. But once your child is settled in, it always seems quite dramatic to have thought it in this way.

Choosing the perfect school can be even more daunting. Where do you even begin? What is the perfect school? Now, this requires a whole discussion for another day. But I can say that getting references from various parents definitely simplified the process.

A New Beginning

Once you have settled on a school, a whole new phase begins for both you and your little one. It’s an exciting time but one that can also be slightly overwhelming in the beginning. Eight months in and I think it’s safe to say that we have found our feet and are embracing this fun experience.

I thought I would share 5 Tips to keep your head above water as you navigate through nursery school.

  1. Check-In

The new school environment is bound to bring some changes in your child; both good and not so good. Ultimately, it is important to constantly check-in with your child to assess how they are doing. Have regular engagement to find out how their day was and how they are doing in general. Checking whether they have made friends and what they are loving about school can be a good start.

Continue to take interest in their day-to-day activities so that you can quickly pick up on any behaviour that may signal some problems that your little one may be experiencing at school.

  1. Be Ready

There are some basic items that your child will need to get through their daily school routine. A carry bag is a key necessity. I love the bag range from Sibahle Collection; perfect for little girls. Make sure not to miss their 30% off sale now on.


My one stop shop for all other school necessities is Bidvest Watson. With their wide range of items, you are always sure to find what you need to meet your child’s school requirements.

Mankoana Nhlebela
Mankoana Nhlebela
  1. Choose Your Battles

Mornings can be a battle field. From the early morning rush of making sure you are out the house on time, you may find yourself having to wake up slightly earlier than usual to fit it all in.

Plan ahead of time to make sure that mornings are a smoother process that goes much quicker. I love to finish off my little one with a bedtime bath in the evenings, using the Dove Baby Body Wash. This allows me to do a quick wipe down in the morning so that she is still fresh and ready to head off.

  1. Loosen Up

Don’t be too set in your ways. There are times when your child will be adamant about what they want to wear. The reality is that sometimes the combination makes absolutely no sense to you. Choose your battles. If they are still presentable don’t be too fussy, just let them be.

It’s better to have a child who starts off the day on a positive note than in tears simply over an outfit for the day.

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  1. Diarise and Plan

If you thought your life was busy, nursery school reminds you that there’s still more to be done. It’s a great stimulation phase for your child filled with various projects and events. Make sure to diarise all the important dates so that you don’t miss out on these key milestones.

From celebratory events to Baker Man days, and even Show and Tell presentations. Have fun planning them together with your child. These formative years will soon be over in a flash and all that will be left are the memories that you created together.

Make It All Count

Nursery school is a great time to watch your child blossom into their own. Embrace every moment and importantly celebrate their active engagement during these formative years.


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Mankoana Nhlebela
Mankoana Nhlebela

Kids Editor

Mankoana Nhlebela is an Entrepreneur, Transformational Speaker and Mentor. With a creative flair, she’s the owner of UKARA, a fashion and lifestyle brand, and Co-Founder of Motherly Love Baby Shower, a non-profit organisation that aims to support underprivileged mothers-to-be. With a span of multiple roles, including a corporate job in Telecommunications, one of her favourites is that of parenting. As a mother of two, and a women empowerment enthusiast, she firmly believes in the power of affirmation and intentional parenting.

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