How to Help Your Child Settle Into Boarding | Harriet Hirschler

Q. My daughter is starting boarding school this term aged 13. How can I help her to settle in and ensure her first term is a happy one? Julia, Glos  

Mayfield Girls’ School

Parents worry about how they will cope when their son or daughter starts boarding, but it is the child  who faces the greatest change. Thinking ahead can affect their experience, and not just for the first term.

At Mayfield School, East Sussex, a senior Catholic boarding and day school for girls, Sarah Ryan, deputy head of pastoral, advises speaking to houseparents in advance and helping your child to visualise what…

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