At 6 Years

A major transition happens at the age of 5-6 years when your child is ready to begin a regular KG to class 12 school. At this time it is crucial to identify a school that will include you as an essential member of your child’s learning support team.
• Get information about schools in your area. You can do this by talking to other parents and looking at websites
• Read about the relevant laws and child rights policies in India. This can guide you in choosing a school while advocating for your child’s educational rights
Choose a school where:
  • Your child is made to feel welcome
  • Your child’s teachers are knowledgeable about special educational needs
  • Teachers are willing to learn about your child’s particular needs
  • If your child has educational needs then he/she will make a successful start in school if thoughtful planning and preparation is in place. Questions such as the following are important:
  • Will the school have a place for my child?
  • How will the school support my child?
  • As a parent, how can I help the school to support my child?
  • How will my child be included in school/class activities with other children?
  • My child needs medication during school hours, how will this be managed?
  • Is there a specific person in the school with whom I can communicate?
  • What about transport?

Once your child is admitted in a school, you can start planning for his/her first day at the school. The planning meeting should include you, the school principal, the class teacher and any other professionals who have been involved with your child before he/she starts school. At this planning meeting, you can let the school know about your expectations for your child’s education and fears your child has about starting school.
This information can also help the school decide if school policies need to be developed or revised around caring for a child with special educational needs or medical needs, e.g. administration of medications policy.
As appropriate, a support plan may include information on your child’s needs as follows:

• Learning, social and communication needs
• Care needs like dressing, toileting, mobility and medication
• Sensory needs such as over sensitivity to noise, textures, lights
• Physical needs that require environmental adaptations such as adaptations to the school building, adapted seating or other specialised equipment

As a parent, you can help the school to plan by:
• Sharing your own knowledge and experience of your child’s strengths, abilities and difficulties, and what works best in helping your child to learn
• This can be useful to the staff in the new school to help them plan for your child