Tips for Your Child’s First Day at CheekyChums Day Nurseries
Starting daycare marks a significant change in a child’s life. This is the first time they will separate from their parents for a prolonged period and interact with such a large group of children. For parents, it is not easy to leave their children in the care of others. In this post, we’re going to share some expert tips which are going to help you make your child’s transition as smooth as possible. So without any further ado, let’s get started.
Visit Daycare Nursery before Your First Day
The first drop-off is more likely to go better if your child already knows the teachers and space. It will help you and your child become familiar with teachers. So visit the daycare nursery once or twice before your first day.
Discuss The New Change
Although the new change is going to be a positive experience for your child, ultimately, it’s perfectly natural for them to feel afraid or anxious. Consequently, it’s crucial to discuss a new schedule before it starts. For most people, change is scary. Talk to your child about where they will be going and why.
Try to Change Sleep Schedule
If you’re aware of the daycare routine and you have enough time, try to change your child’s home nap schedule to the one they will have at the day nurseries. If you’re unable to do so, it’s okay as staff at daycare will take care of your child’s sleep. However, if you can make such small improvements, the staff will be grateful and the change will be minimal for your child.
Let Your Children Do Small Things Independently
As staff at cheekychums daycare will be dealing with numerous children at once, your child will have to learn how to do various things independently. Also, help them deal with separation anxiety. To do so, you can go out without your child for a couple of hours on a regular basis and allow your child to get used to not always being with you. This will alleviate the effects of separation anxiety in your child.
Show Your Child Positive Daycare Experiences
If you think your child is old enough to read stories and watch videos, you can show them pictures and videos about positive daycare experiences.
Pack All the Essentials
Pack several changes of clothes and nappies for your child if he/she is an infant. Bring all the food and bottle supplies that providers will need for the day. Some daycare nurseries provide food and nappies, so get to know whether or not you need to pack them. For an older child, packing just one or two outfits with extra underwear will work.
Get a Comfort Item for Your Child
You can give your child something which reminds them of home and helps them stay comfortable. It could be a stuffed toy or blanket.
At CheekyChums day nurseries, we do our best to make your child’s transition as smooth as possible. We are conveniently located in Edgware, Pinner and Uxbridge. To know more about us, our staff and curriculum or find out if you qualify for free nursery hours.