One of the greatest responsibilities of any parent is choosing child care that rises to their highest standards. You wouldn’t trust your child with just any day care service, you want caregivers who have only your child’s best interests at heart. Once you know you have selected the right day care provider, your challenges may just be starting as separation anxiety can become a serious concern for you and your child.
Now is when you might be facing that inevitable meltdown or temper tantrum on the first day. This is already going to be difficult situation; you certainly don’t want to be separated from your little one for any period of time but work or other commitments cannot be avoided. You need to convince your child this new phase in his or her young life need not be scary or intimidating.
We’re going to give you some helpful hints as to how to go about doing just that. You want to make this transition easier on your baby and we have some tried and true solutions that will go a long way towards making day care less frightening.
You can never get started too early on helping your baby adjust to the new people and unfamiliar surroundings that he or she encounter in day care. You want to introduce these things slowly, deliberately, and without overwhelming the child. If you do, you’re only asking for the result to be a whole lot of screaming and crying.
A great way to avoid all of this is by bringing the child to meet everyone prior to the first day of day care. Ask if you and your child can visit the facility before-hand, meet the teacher and other personnel with whom the child will be entrusted when you drop your baby off. This familiarity will be vital for quelling fears and putting the child at ease.
Discuss What’s Going On
Talking to your child about what to expect at day care is also a very good way to make them feel a whole lot more comfortable about this new phase in their life. Tell them what they should expect and help assuage any fears or concerns the child might have about being some place where they have never been.
Even with preliminary visits ahead of the first day, talking everything out, both good and bad, can make the transition go by much smoother, even to the point of your child actively enthusiastic and looking forward to going to day care. We’re all afraid of the unknown, children in particular. But talking about the day care experience they are about to enjoy can make the unknown less scary and more attractive.
You should continue to do this even after the first day, speaking together about the child’s experiences on an ongoing basis. This will make the day care process more productive and enriching. After all, you want your child to enjoy this part of their development and not loathe or withdraw from it.