(Q) How do I prepare my child for day care?

(A) Tips for Entering Day Care

Before they attend the Day Care
Speak with your child several days in advance leading up to the final day of attending day care. Let your child know the why, who, what, when, and how of the process. The more information you provide your child about entering day care, the more comfortable and in control they will feel. Try to have a discussion with them about what they think their day will be like at day care. Always let them know they throughout the day you will be thinking of them and when you will pick them up, this will be the highlight of your day.
Try to bring your child into day care during the registration/admission process so they may become familiar with their school and surroundings. It helps if they have a visual picture in their minds of where they will be during their time away from you.
Try to get them into a routine several weeks before day care begins so they will have a schedule clock in their minds already. Less surprises for your child will make the transition easier and more comfortable.
And you, the parent(s), try to Relax! Children can sense stress and this will be projected onto them. Know that ALL children eventually need to and do separate successfully. So you stay calm and this too may make the transition smoother.
First day of school
Provide yourself with plenty of time. If you are feeling rushed or have a sense of urgency, this will make everyone nervous and the transition will not go as well as planned. Have a nice morning together and talk to your child about what each other’s day will be like. Communication is imperative in the first days…
Arriving at school “the final moments”
Always says goodbye and be honest with your child! Never say things like, “I’ll be right back.” This will only create tension and make the process more difficult in the days to follow.
When you feel the time is right, give your child a nice big hug and kiss and part ways on a good note. If you have made the decision to go, GO! The longer it takes for you to leave the harder it will become. The leaving process for both child and parents is the most stressful time so making it as short and honest as possible is the Best Policy. Eventually, you will both feel better.
Always remember we are just a phone call away. We are here to help all of you and get through the process together as painlessly as possible. If you have any suggestions, questions, concerns, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Thank you,
Your Staff!
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