How to peacefully take your child to daycare for the first time
For all of you first time mums who are taking your child to daycare for the first time, it’s okay. This is not an easy transition and there will be some emotions that come with it, such as sadness and fear but this will pass.
The first time your child goes to daycare might be a little nerve-wracking. As a parent, you want to make sure they are happy and safe so you can continue with your daily life without worry. It may take some time on your part but just remember, they’ll love it before long.
The first few weeks can be the hardest
The first few weeks of bringing your child to daycare can be a little hard on both you and your child. There is so much going on, so many new faces and surroundings, and children will need time to get used to this.
Make sure you have everything ready for them before this time comes around, so when it does arrive, you and your child will have everything they need.
Holding back tears can be a struggle
In order to make your child’s first day in daycare as smooth as possible, it is important that you remain calm and collected. It would be easy to lose control during this time, but remember that there are plenty of things you can do to help the situation.
If your child has been going through a hard time with sleeping or eating at home, they might have more trouble adjusting at daycare. Just remember to take deep breaths and try not to let yourself get overwhelmed by what is happening around you. If you remain calm and speak positively to your child at this time, this will help them feel more secure in their new environment.
Get rid of those so called “guilty feelings”
You’ve read the research. You know that daycare is good for your child, but that doesn’t mean you don’t feel guilty for sending them. After all, you’re their mother and it’s your job to take care of them! But did you know that feeling guilty might be doing more harm than good?
There are ways that this experience can be positive for everyone involved and help build a strong relationship between mother and child. Here’s how:
1) Ensure that they’re comfortable by bringing their favourite blanket, stuffed animal or for babies an item of your clothing may help as babies are comforted by the familiar smell of their parent
2) Make sure that they understand where they will be going and what will happen during their day at the centre
3) Find out if the centre has an open door policy; this means that parents are welcome to visit anytime
4) Reassure your child that you will be back soon to collect them. It may help to make the first few times at daycare shorter days. At Cherubs Early Learning and Kindergarten we offer short play dates before you actually start care so that children gradually adjust to a full day of care.
To all mums struggling to leave their child at daycare for the first time, it’s natural for you to feel anxious and guilty about sending them off but don’t worry, it’s all normal and okay. You will get through this together with just a little patience and adjustment.
The good news? We at Cherubs Early Learning and Kindergarten are here to help.
Talk with us about how we can help ease you and your child’s transition into childcare.