The transition from being home with family to being in a daycare setting can be traumatic for a child even when the caregivers are top notch and the environment is loving. To help your child (and you!) with the transition here are three tips on starting daycare on the right foot:
Set a positive tone:
Your excitement and positive energy about the school and your child’s teacher are very important. Try and develop a friendship with her teachers which ultimately your child will see and hopefully will try to mimic.
Establish a simple, quick routine at drop off time. Make your goodbyes quick even if they’re crying and yelling. It may sound clinical, but lingering to try and quell their sadness and fears makes it worse. Give them a quick kiss and a hug and tell them that you love them, but don’t cling.
Even with best preparation, your child is likely to be upset, at least in the beginning. Studies show it take about two weeks for children to adjust to new surroundings. Keep the lines of communication open! Sometimes just talking things out loud with a teacher makes their new school seem less intimidating.
We are here to make this transition as smooth as possible. We will love your child and care for them as if they are our own. We are here for you!