The transition from full time home life to daycare can be hard for many children. For this reason, it is essential that the child’s guardian make sure they are getting a place for the child that has the very best staff. Because of the nurturing environment they can offer, many families look to their immediate loved ones or acquaintances for possible providers. If that option doesn’t work, parents shouldn’t panic, because there are many other ways they can pick a great care facility for their child.
By asking around the community, often you can get a great idea about a daycare center through word of mouth. Experiences – both good and bad – can be put on the table for your consideration. While listening to any discussion make sure you keep in mind the fact that some difficulties with providers are nothing more than personalities not gelling, while others – the ones that earn more than one negative comment from a variety of parents – are ones you’ll want to stay away from.
If word of mouth does not direct you to a good caregiver, the Department of Social Services can provide you with a list of licensed daycare providers in your area. Your child’s doctor is another valuable source, as many get to know the daily going-on of their patients. If none of those tactics work, try a phone book or newspaper. Any provider that passes the preview round should be thoroughly examined by both you and your child. This helps ease the eventual sense of trauma that the child will feel entering the provider’s care because it gives a sense of familiarity.
Most children young enough to enter daycare are also young enough to still have an item that brings them a sense of security, and that item can be sent with them with the provider’s permission. Many children experience intense longing for home in the initial weeks, and this can be a way to offset that. Many children react negatively and are only further saddened by efforts to send a family photo with them. An additional way to calm the child is by remaining with them for a few additional minutes while they get interested in an activity. If the child is old enough to understand the concept of time, then you can tell them when you are coming back and this will help them understand that you are not abandoning them. Knowing what time your workday will end means daycare will be easier, especially if your child knows exactly what time they will see you again as it gives them a sense of security.
Above all else, try not to sound or seem anything but one hundred percent positive as you head off. If you want the child’s experience to be a positive one, then you have to send the message that they are going to be okay while they are at this new place. Parents shouldn’t be concerned if their child cries as they leave, because this is an absolutely typical response – however, it is equally typical that your child will be just fine within minutes after you leave. When leaving, a simple good-bye is best, followed with a quick walk out the door away from the child’s wails, no matter how hard it may be, when returning, make your time with the child long and devoted.
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