The first morning you send your child off to daycare might not be easy, either on you or on your child. Depending on your specific family circumstances, it could be comparatively easy for you and your child to get used to adapt and adjust to routine of childcare. If however, your child’s still at that sensitive stage or has been particularly close to you for their first few years-heading off to a preschool and having a new caregiver during the day can be rough at first.
Fortunately there are a few tried and true tactics available to make the transition from stay at home toddler to preschooler easier for your whole family. That may seem like an overly overtly serious lead in to what will actually be good news, but don’t worry. The truth is that even though the exact road traveled differs from child to child, every Small Miracles parent and every Small Miracles child has had to cope with and make peace with at least a tough of separation anxiety. Here are a few steps we recommend to ensure that your child will settle comfortably into daycare.
Your Child and Childcare: Their First Day
- Stage a dress rehearsal. Visit the preschool with your child before he or she starts and introduce them to their childcare provider
- Give that childcare provider inside Intel on your child’s likes, dislikes, established daily routine and any other info you think might help
- Don’t rush through that first morning of childcare; get organized the night before to ensure that you won’t have to rush the morning of
- Be aware of the message your body language will send them. If you’re acting anxious your child may pick up on it and do the same
- Remember to get there early so that you’ll have all the time you’ll need to settle your new preschooler into preschool. For instance, you may want to help your child find an activity they enjoy then join in for a few minutes before it’s time to go
- Don’t sneak out of the preschool and make your goodbye a short one. A confident goodbye says you’ll be back at the end of the day
- Enroll your child’s favorite stuffed animal or their security binky in daycare right along with them. That way he or she will always have something familiar in hand.
Finally, you’ll want to be sure and keep other changes to your child’s routine to a minimum while they’re adjusting to their new daycare routine. Hold off on any sleeping arraignment changes or new puppy purchases until your child has fully acclimatized to their days in their new preschool. They’ll be better able to cope once they have.