When it was time for me to return to work after having my oldest child, I was grateful to find an amazing childcare facility for them to go to. However, I quickly learned that childcare is not just about dropping off your kids and picking them up at the end of the day. To make childcare education effective, you need to help those workers teach your kids. So, that's my blog is all about. I want to help parents who are using childcare for the first time to get your kids into a learning frame of mind. From flash cards to building blocks, there is plenty you can do at home to encourage your kid to learn, and that means when they go to the childcare facility each day, the eagerness to learn continues.
Professional child care is essential if you are a working parent. A child carer will provide the guidance that your child requires when you aren't available. As a result, you will help your child feel safe, happy and healthy, even when you are not available to provide direct care. Unfortunately, settling your child into professional care can be challenging. Your young one might experience some anxiety because of the sudden change. Here are some essential tips for a smooth transition.
Introduce the Caregiver
You should introduce the caregiver to your child one or more times before the official start of the professional child care. Children might be resistant to any change because of their anxiety around strangers. If they are familiar with the carer, they will show more openness to their separation from you. If you are planning on having your child attend a child care centre, you should visit the facility with your child and speak to the teachers and other personnel. If you are hiring a nanny, you should have the nanny spend time with you and your child.
Discuss the Transition
You should speak to your young child about the upcoming changes in their life, regardless of their age. In simple terms, you should not wait until the last minute and then drop your child off at a child care centre or leave them in the arms of a nanny. If your child knows about the expected changes, their mind will be more receptive. Also, you can take time to make the change more attractive. For example, you can read books and watch fun shows about children on their first day of school. This positive outlook will be more favourable in helping manage any distress when it is time for them to receive outside care.
Change the Routine
You should think about making some changes in your daily routine with your child to prepare them for the new stage of their life. In most cases, children will struggle with waking up in the morning, remaining alert and completing the tasks given by the caregiver. You should help your child get ready for these processes as early as possible. Ideally, you can create a timetable that matches the changes that will become necessary once structured care begins. For example, the changes in their sleeping and wake-up time should start at least some weeks before school begins or the nanny commences their responsibilities.Share