PARENTS AND EMOTIONS WITH CHILD CARE
Is it normal to feel some concern about putting my infant or toddler in child care?
Many parents find that placing their infant or toddler in child care stirs up deep emotions and feelings. You may be asking yourself a number of important questions and may have many concerns including the safety of the program, your child’s happiness and comfort, and whether your child will have interesting things to see and do during the day.
Please rest assured that we want the best for your child at our schools. We believe that quality child care is best achieved through a partnership with you, with our primary goal being to best develop the relationship between you and your child. Each day, you will receive an “All About My Day” that will give you a synopsis of the activities and accomplishments your child experiences during the day. This way, you’ll know what your child’s interests, habits and daily routines are during the times when you cannot be with your child.
WHAT IS MY CHILD LEARNING?
What is my child learning at this stage in life?
More learning and brain growth take place during the first three years of a child’s life than at any other period. Every interaction and experience at home and in child care is preparing your child’s brain for learning and loving. In less than 36 months, you’ll see your child change from being totally dependent upon you to being able to choose which shirt to wear; from listening to stories to repeating ones you have read together. It is an amazing time in a child’s life – and we are pleased to be a part of it!
To help your infant or toddler learn to feel valued and important, we respond to a child’s needs promptly, consistently and lovingly. Although growing toddlers often want to be “big” and do things for themselves, they also have a great need to remain “little” by having their needs met and being cuddled. In our infant and toddler classrooms, you will see how your child develops emotionally and socially in a progressive learning environment.
WHAT IS MY CHILD’S DAILY ROUTINE?
What is my child’s daily routine?
Everything is new to a young child – and therefore, we have set up our environment so that your child will find interesting things to explore around every corner and throughout every hour of the day.
Separation Anxiety – Sometimes, when you drop your child off with us in the morning, it is a difficult time. Learning to trust others and feeling comfortable separating from and reuniting with the people who love you is one of the first experiences your child will have when entering a child care program. We want to help in this process, and encourage you to save enough time to spend a few minutes to help ease your child into the day. We surround your child with reminders of home, and suggest that you bring in family pictures, audio tapes of you reading to your child and a favorite bedtime toy. By easing your child into the separation process, your child will learn to feel comfortable with others as well as to trust you to return when you promised.
Diapering and Toileting – We don’t look at diapering as a chore! This is a special time to be one-on-one with a child, and is the perfect opportunity to talk together, sing a song or play a peek-a-boo game. During this time, a child becomes familiar with language, begins to understand concepts of “wet” and “dry” and learns the names of body parts. When your child approaches “potty training” age (usually around 2 or 2 ½) we will work with you to establish a routine with your child and foster confidence in your child’s progress.