It isn’t easy getting your child ready for his/her first pre school or day care experience. There are a lot of things that need to be done and at the same time you have to make sure that all this change does not suddenly begin to upset your child. The transition for a is especially difficult if you are a working parent. There is long list of to-do and you cannot afford to miss out on any one of them.
If you are at your office stressing how everything is going at the day care, there are a couple of things that you can do to get the yourself ready for day care.
Read the Handbook
Most daycare and preschools have their own set of policies and rules. These policies and rules help point out to new clients how the day care or preschool works. Go through the handbook rigorously. Make sure you know all there is to know. The handbook with contains emergency information, contact information, disciplinary rules and other methodologies that will explain how the day care operates. Understanding how it operates will help you breathe easy and relax when you are at work and your child is at the day care, otherwise you might just end up stressing yourself uselessly.
Note to the Teacher
Your child may not have learnt to speak yet but as a parent you would know his/her various sign languages. Every child has their own way of letting people know when they are hungry or upset or if they have wet their nappy. Write them down in a note and let the teacher at the day care know the needs of your child, that both you and your child can remain happy while he/she is at the day care.
Pack your child’s bag
It is always essential that you pack your child’s bag with all the necessities that he/she may need. Pack some snacks along with emergency nappies and some clothes. If your child is under medication be sure to mention the medication and the reason to the teacher in the note and pack it in the bag as well. You can also write down the contact details of the doctor your child might be seeing, in the note.
Your child’s favorite blanket
Every child has a favorite teddy or action figure or blanket that helps them relax. It is something that your child will always carry around with him/her. Make sure you pack it in the bag and let the teacher know that you child is at his/her best behavior when the favorite comfort object is with him/her.
Last minute details
The first day of your child at the day care is very crucial. Get the paperwork and all other necessary details before dropping him/her at the day care. Any other details that the child might need should be addressed as well. In addition, remember to provide your personal contact number to the teacher of person in charge of the day car, so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.