Whether you’re returning to work after maternity leave or other family dynamics call for childcare, the transition from home care to daycare isn’t always easy for you or your child.
The good news is that the vast majority of kids transition successfully, and experts offer the following tips on how to make the change a positive one.
Always check out your chosen childcare provider beforehand and ask how they handle separation anxiety, advises FamilyEducation.com. A good one will make your child feel at home and provide him/her with fun activities to redirect their attention.
Bring your child to visit the facility first. Most will let you make several visits so that your child becomes familiar with his/her new daytime venue. This allows him/her to get to know his/her “teacher” and the children he/she will be with during the day. Read storybooks about daycare to your child. There are a number of them out there.
Talking to your child about daycare beforehand will help him/her be prepared. It’s important to not let your own feelings of anxiety about the situation rub off on your little one. Kids are experts at reading their parents.Give it a positive spin, making sure they know they’ll get to play with other children and do lots of fun things. Always let them know you or another trusted adult in their lives will be back to pick them up later.
Make sure to set up a regular sleep schedule long way in advance. Your child will become comfortable with the routine and be well-rested for the first day. Toddlers and preschoolers need 12 hours of sleep or more each night, notes FamilyEducation.
Being mindful of your child’s individual needs and displaying positivity will go a long way toward making childcare a wonderful experience for both of you.
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