You knew it was coming. The end of maternity leave.
You may be looking forward to getting back to work, but the idea of sending your precious little one into the arms of a stranger can be tough. The first weeks of daycare are a big change for the whole family, largely because it’s often the first time your child will be away from his or her parents.
In order to make a smooth transition, preparation is key. Here are some educator-approved tips to make it easier on everyone.
1. Practice separation
In the weeks and months leading up to the first day of daycare, ensure your child has opportunities to meet new adults and children their own age.
Try library playgroups or Facebook meet-ups with other parents and children. Swimming classes, group music lessons and playtime at the local park are all great ways for your child to practice skills they will learn at daycare, such as sharing, spending time in larger groups and taking turns.
As the time approaches, try leaving your child for a few hours at a time with a trusted adult. Always let them know that you’ll be back soon and leave with a smile on your face. As you see that your child is happy when you come to pick them up, extend the time period each time you’re away. Start with half an hour, leading to an hour and finally try a full day apart.
These practice sessions will demonstrate to your child that you will come back and that you trust other people to keep them safe while you’re away.
2. Discuss the transition within your family
A few weeks before daycare begins, you can start introducing the idea to your child. Keep it light and happy, answer any questions they may have and, even …read more
Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada