Your toddler’s first day of daycare is coming up soon, and you want to make the transition as smoothly as possible. How do you prepare your child to be away from you during the day and help them have fun? Here are some expert tips.
Visit Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool
We welcome visits from new children and their parents. These short visits allow your toddler to their room, meet their teacher, and observe new playmates. Some toddlers are more shy than others; if your child is prone to shyness, feel free to have them visit more than once, so they see the same faces.
Make Routine Changes
Contact our office to learn more about the toddler’s daily routine and implement little changes at home. For instance, wean your child off a morning snack by feeding them a bigger breakfast to help them be satisfied until lunchtime.
Transition With a Half-Week
Many toddlers need at least one (or sometimes two) part-time weeks at daycare before transitioning to a full-time week. Giving your child a day or two at home with you will help ease anxiety and stir excitement for the next time they go to daycare.
Bring a Toy From Home
Your child is welcome to bring a loved toy from home, but it’s best if the toy can be easily washed or sanitized. A special toy gives a sense of security to children feeling lonely or anxious. However, you may soon find that your toddler loves their classroom and can come to Children’s Academy without it.
If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!