After months of research, you’ve found the right child care center for your son or daughter. But now you’re dreading their first day and the separation anxiety that often comes with it. At Austin Kids Retreat, we want to help you and your child navigate this change as easily as possible.
Here are a few ways to prepare your child for daycare:
Go over the schedule beforehand
Think about your job for a moment. We’re willing to bet that your first few days were hectic, to say the least. But after a while, you created a relatively consistent schedule and settled in.
The same idea holds true with your child going to daycare. The more details your child knows ahead of time, the better. It’s okay to review their schedule multiple times before the first day.
Visit the center
This is a big one. See if you can schedule a visit at the daycare with your child at least once. Even though your son or daughter may be a bit hesitant touring the facility, having you near gives them a much-needed sense of security. If possible, allow your kiddo to explore on their own.
Make a special purchase
We all remember the excitement of getting a new outfit, pair of shoes, or backpack for the first day of school. A purchase like this not only equips your child with what they need for daycare, but it helps them get excited for the first day, too.
Establish a goodbye routine
As a parent, you might be tempted to stay a few minutes in your child’s room before leaving. However, lingering is the worst thing you can do on this big day. That’s why it’s so important to start a goodbye routine that’s short and sweet.
Arrive on time
The last thing you want is to be late picking up your kiddo after this day. Ideally, do what you can to pick them up at the same time for the entire first week. Again, the more of a routine you establish, the more comfortable your son or daughter is going to feel at daycare.
Give them something to look forward to at home
Your child’s first experience at daycare was probably up-and-down coupled with some stressful moments. When you’re in the car with them on the way home, encourage them to talk about their day. After that conversation, help them transition to time at home by discussing what’s planned for later in the evening (playing outside, reading a new book, or having a family member over for dinner).
Experienced Child Care in Austin
At Austin Kids Retreat, we understand you have a number of choices when it comes to drop-in daycare. So why choose our child development center? For one thing, our staff has more than 25 years of combined experience in daycare and preschool education.
You can count on us to provide a nurturing, fun, and safe environment for your little one. We will do everything possible to ensure they have a successful first day at Austin Kids Retreat.
Get in touch with our team today!