Step up their social life
Organise extra play dates for your child prior to starting preschool so they become comfortable with the idea of sharing and playing alongside lots of different kids.
Calm their fears with information
Anxiety about starting preschool is completely normal. Talk to your child about their fears and suggest ideas to help them cope.
Together plan a goodbye game
Come up with a special game for when it's time to say goodbye. It could be a certain number of hugs followed by the biggest hug in the world. Never sneak out when your child is not looking as they will feel abandoned.
Read during the day
Bedtime stories are a wonderful experience for kids but sitting together during the day and reading a book for 15 minutes will help your child to learn to sit and settle.
Play listening-and-direction games
Traditional games such as Simon Says help a child to understand how to listen and follow directions.
Visit the preschool beforehand
Take a visit to the preschool before the big day arrives so your child is familiar with the surroundings.
Buy a special preschool bag
Together spend some time looking at all the different styles and options and then choose three that you're happy with and let your child pick their own from those. Limiting the choice helps your child make a decision and also prevents disappointment when they want the bag that's bigger than them!