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.
If you are hoping that your child will quickly learn to look forward to their days at the child care facility you've enrolled them in, you must avoid making these two mistakes.
Reacting emotionally to your child crying when you say goodbye to them at the facility
It's common for children to cry or get cross when they're first left with a child care provider. This is because they have not yet experienced the fun games and friendships that come with being in a facility like this and so are focused only on the fact that their parents are waving goodbye to them and leaving them alone with some strangers.
If your child cries when you say goodbye to them on their first day, you mustn't make the mistake of crying along with them. If they see you react emotionally, then they may assume that they really should be afraid or sad about going to this facility. Conversely, if you calmly reassure them that they'll have lots of fun at this place and that you'll pick them up in a few hours, their distress won't last for half as long as it would if you were to have tears streaming down your face as you left them.
Sending them to the facility without any comforting items
The child care facility will have all of the essentials that your child will need, including learning materials, toys, lunch foods, etc. Because of this, you might think that you don't need to give them any additional items to take with them to this place. However, sending them off to the facility without any comforting items during their first week might result in them being unhappy about their new environment for longer.
For example, if you don't pack their teddy bear that they cling to whenever they're upset, their cosy fleece blanket that they find it impossible to nap without or the specific cereal bar they always have as their mid-morning snack, then they may feel more insecure and uncomfortable during that week than they would have had you let them take these items with them.
If you're worried about these items getting lost at the facility, you should sew nametags onto each item and check that your child has them in their backpack before you exit the facility each day after you pick them up.
Contact a local child care facility to learn more.Share