First Day at Child Care
Updated: Sep 9, 2019
Is your little one starting daycare for the first time? We understand this can be a scary and stressful time for both you and your child. To help make this transition a little easier, we have put together some tried and tested tips on how to best prepare your child for their first day at childcare.
Before Their First Day
Remember "positivity" is key.
Although this can be a daunting experience, it is really exciting too! Your child has reached another milestone. The most important thing to remember during this transition is to stay positive. Children can tell when their parent is anxious, so finding playful ways to talk about childcare can help to ease both you and your child’s mind.
Get your child comfortable with the learning centre environment.
It is important you start to set a routine. Consistency is key and helps your child know what to expect on their first day: getting changed, having breakfast, brushing their teeth and packing their bag/belongings. Children become comfortable with childcare at different rates. While most children will adapt within a few weeks, a routine can help kick start this sooner.
It’s important to communicate.
Communication is a must not only between you and your child, but also between your child and the educators. It can be helpful to work on communication leading up to their first day, focusing on communicating feelings like being hungry, sleepy or needing to go to the toilet. The more your child can communicate their needs the happier and more comfortable they will feel.
From Their First Day Onwards
Allow time in the morning for the transition from home to childcare.
At the beginning, it is important to try to get to the centre with some time to spare. This way, both you and your child have plenty of time to organise their belongings, talk to staff and spend a few minutes to reassure each other before you have to leave.
Don’t sneak away when you drop off your child.
Goodbyes are the hardest part, for both parents and children. It is important to give your little one a kiss and a cuddle and then let staff take over. For your child’s first few days at the learning centre, it can be beneficial for you to settle them into an activity or game before you say goodbye. The staff will keep your child engaged in an experience, or provide comfort if your child requires some extra attention.
Give your child a comfort item.
A comfort item from home can help ease your child’s transition and help them to feel less anxious. This item can be a toy, blanket, pillow or even one of your own items. You can ask your child to keep it safe until you pick them up, giving them something positive to focus on and reassuring them you are coming back later.
Here at Dragonfly’s Early Learning, our Coolum Beach Kindergarten, we understand how difficult it can be to send your little one to a childcare centre and away from home. We are happy to support you and your child in any way we can.
If you want to know more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Call us on 07 5471 6500 to arrange a tour or play date.
Or go to our website at https://www.dragonflys.com.au/contact-us/