At Care for Kindies, we want to ensure all the children and families that start care with us feel supported and safe. Starting childcare for the first time can be a stressful experience for both children and parents. It's natural for parents to feel anxious about leaving their child with strangers, and for children to feel anxious about being in a new environment without their parents. However, with a little preparation and patience, the transition to childcare can go smoothly and be a positive experience for everyone. Here are some tips for settling children in at childcare for the first time:
- Prepare your child in advance. Talk to your child about starting childcare and what to expect. Show your child pictures of the facility, the teachers, and the other children. Read books about starting preschool or childcare to help your child understand the concept. Before starting care with us at Care for Kindies, showing your child our Instagram page with photos of other children and educators at our service may ease your child’s nerves.
- Gradually increase the amount of time your child spends at Care for Kindies. If possible, arrange a few visits to see our facility before your child starts. This will allow your child to become familiar with the environment and the educators.
- Establish a daily routine. Children thrive on routine, so it's helpful to establish a consistent routine for drop-off and pick-up at childcare. This can include saying goodbye and giving a hug or kiss and having a special toy stuffed animal to help your child feel comforted in your absence.
- Communicate with the Care for Kindies staff. Talk to our educators and directors about your child's needs, routines, and preferences. Let them know if your child has any allergies, fears, or special accommodations.
- Be patient. It's normal for children to take some time to adjust to a new environment and routine. It may take a few weeks or even longer for your child to fully settle in at Care for Kindies. Be patient and reassure your child that you will return to pick them up.
- Stay positive. Parents need to model positive behaviour and reassure their children that starting childcare is a normal and exciting experience. Avoid expressing negative emotions in front of your child, as they are likely to pick up on your stress and anxiety.
Starting childcare for the first time can be challenging, but with a little preparation and patience, the transition can be a positive experience for both you and your child. By preparing your child in advance, establishing a routine, and staying positive, you can help your child feel comfortable and secure in their new childcare setting.