A new childcare experience can be overwhelming. The tips below will help you prepare your child for this experience and help you establish a good working relationship with your childcare provider.
Some children adjust to a new childcare situation almost immediately, others might take several months. Follow your child’s lead. Give them the time they need to adjust.
Here are some tips to ease their anxiety.
• Act positively about this new experience. Your child will pick up on your feelings.
• Plan a few short visits before you begin full-time to help your child ease into this new experience.
• Talk about and practice your new routine. Allow plenty of time for drop-off and be as consistent as possible on your pick-up time.
• Say good-bye the same way each day. Sneaking out is not advised. Explain that you are leaving and when you will return. It is common for a child to cry or fuss when you leave. To feel more at ease, call for a status report when you get to work.
• Take time each day to talk with your provider about your child’s daily schedule, sleeping routines, eating habits, etc.
• Ask your child to describe the events of their day. Note things they enjoyed and things that were stressful for them.
• Make sure your child gets proper rest and nutrition. New experiences can be exhausting.
• Read stories to your child that deal with feelings and new surroundings.
• Ask if your child can bring a favorite toy, blanket, or family photo with them. Knowing that item is in their cubby or close by can help a child feel more secure.
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