Have you recently enrolled your baby in infant daycare or a toddler school? If this is your first rodeo, you’re probably thinking about how to prepare your child for daycare in such a way that your baby will be able to adjust well to the new environment and routine. You’re lucky as in this post, we’ll give you some tips on how you can prepare your child — and yourself — for the first day of daycare!
General Tips on How to Prepare Your Child for Daycare — And Yourself, Too
- Hold on to the belief that you chose the best Ohio daycare for your child. One of the reasons why you should choose Brightside Academy Ohio is that we are committed to providing your child with the best possible care and early childhood education, giving you peace of mind while your little one is in our classrooms.
- Establish a relationship with the teachers even before the first day. This way, you won’t feel apprehensive to ask them about your baby’s day at the daycare.
- Schedule a tour of the daycare so you’ll have an idea of what daycare-specific preparations you should do. During your tour, ask if you can take photos of the classroom. Show these photos to your child and explain what they are, so they will already be familiar with the environment come first day of daycare.
- Pack everything your child will need the day before. Label them as well.
How to Prepare Your Baby for Their First Day at Daycare
- Remind your child of the upcoming first day of daycare. If applicable and if you have a toddler, you can talk about friends they know who are already attending daycare. For infants, you can have them take a look at the photos of the daycare that you took previously.
- If you’re thinking about how to prepare a clingy baby for daycare, you should first make sure that you won’t give in to them when they start to become fussy. You need to prepare yourself to be firm. Meanwhile, try your best to explain to them that the daycare will be like their second home while you’re out to work.
- Involve your child in the preparation. For instance, you can ask them to bring you stuff. You may also ask them what they want to bring. While preparing, they may ask you questions. Take this as an opportunity to explain the change further.
- Keep routines at home consistent as much as possible. The fact that your child will go to daycare during the day shouldn’t drastically change your routines at home.
Brightside Academy Will Help Make Sure the Transition Won’t Be Too Difficult for Your Child
Brightside Academy Ohio’s daycare and preschool programs are designed to assist your child in every transition. As such, enrolling your child at any of our child development centers means not having to worry about the difficulty of adjustment. Contact us so we can talk more about the experience your child will have here at BSA!