The first day of daycare can be a traumatic experience for both the child and the parent. However, it doesn’t have to be that way! With a little foresight and preparation, going to daycare can be as simple as visiting grandma’s house. In this article we’ve come up with four tips for the first day of daycare.
Talk Things Over
By talking about daycare with your child you can familiarize them with the concept long before the actual time comes. You can make it sound intriguing, exciting and fun. Not only can you create anticipation for the big day, your child will understand what’s going to happen and what they have to look forward to. Talking things over will mentally prepare both you and your child for that important first day.
Visit The Daycare
If at all possible, try and visit the daycare at least once before your child will actually be attending. Seeing a brightly coloured room full of toys and playing children will give your child a sneak peak of what they will soon be encountering themselves. They’ll also get to meet the carers and become familiar with their faces which means they won’t be left in the company of complete strangers on their first day.
Label Your Child’s Possessions
Daycare attendants have to keep track of large numbers of kids and all their possessions. If you label your child’s things such as shoes, jacket, backpack and whatever else they bring to the daycare, you’ll increase the chances that they end up back home with your child. It’ll also make things easier on the daycare workers.
Make A Quick Exit
Once the big day has arrived and you’re dropping your child off at the daycare, keep it short and sweet. The longer you linger the longer it’s going to take for them to settle down and become integrated with the class. Avoid the temptation of hanging around. Give your child a hug and a kiss, say a quick goodbye and head on out. Allow the daycare attendants to take over after that.