Back to School After the Holidays: How Swimming Classes Can Help Your Kids Transition Smoothly

13 January 2022

Returning to school after the holidays - especially in January - can be a challenging transition for children, and let's be honest, for us too. 

A new class, school, teacher or even curriculum can cause nerves or anxiety.  

After weeks of no set bedtimes, later wake-ups and flexible mealtimes, prepping for the school routine can feel overwhelming.  

So, as schools in Singapore kick off a new year, what can we do to support our children?

Re-establish your family's routine 

While postponing rebooking after school activities can be tempting, it's proven kids, and you thrive when familiar routines are maintained.  

Routines help children feel safe and build healthy habits, while for parents, they help to feel organised and ensure enjoyable activities are part of your family's weekly diary. 

If your children were attending swimming lessons on a Tuesday after school or learning piano on Thursday afternoons, recommencing these classes can help your child adjust to the new term faster. 

Returning to swimming lessons? Take the pressure off 

If your family took a break from swimming classes over the holidays, it's expected you might be concerned your child has forgotten some of their skills; swimming teachers recommend taking it slow. 

"Remind your child that swimming classes are about having fun!" explains Taha Syed, Swimming Teacher at State Swim Suntec City. 

"Your teacher will be aware if your child has taken a break and will focus on checking in to see where they're at. Reviewing skills is an essential element of learning to swim, and that's why you'll see teachers asking swimmers to practice techniques from their most recent lessons." 

Tips for parents to help prepare for returning to swimming lessons 

Use these pointers to help you and your children’s swimming lessons go smoothly: 

  • Create a swimming lesson checklist  
    Top tip: Being organised will help your family have a positive return to lessons. One way to keep everyone on track is to create and display a Getting Ready for Swimming LessonChecklist  in each of your children’s rooms.  
  • Try on swimsuits and goggles 
    Top tip:  Growth spurts are frequent in kids. So, before you attend your first lesson back, get your child to try on their swimsuit and goggles to make sure they're still a good fit.
  • Get excited
    Top tip: Help your child look forward to restarting swimming classes; children model your mood after all. A simple way to do this is to each say one thing you're excited about – for example, you could say watching your child having fun from the pool deck.  

After-school activities help children reconnect 

Returning to classroom learning after the holidays is an adjustment for most children. Extra-curricular activities can help your child reconnect to the school routine faster by giving them a fun activity to look forward to after school as well as help keep them active. 

Need help reactivating your child's swimming lesson booking?  

Ask us about their eight-stage, Learn to Swim - 400 Gold Program for children aged four years and older and our Teams Program also know as our Squads Program.


All State Swim’s swimming teachers are accredited educators with water safety qualifications, police checks and CPR certification 

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