If the thought of leaving your precious toddler at day care for the first time is making you feel stressed and overwhelmed, the compassionate team from Red Balloon Early Learning Centers understands completely. With four different child care locations across Wisconsin and years of experience in early childhood care, they know all about the first-day jitters. Luckily, they also know some great ways to prepare your little one for their first day of school.
How To Prepare Your Child For Day Care
Plan a visit to the day care of your choice before your toddler’s first day and bring them along! This will give you the chance to show your little one around and point out all the neat things they’ll get to do. When their first day arrives, they’ll already be familiar with the day care environment, which eases the transition.
Highlight The Fun
Talk about day care when you’re at home and present it like it’s a treat! Describe how much fun they’ll have, how many friends they’ll make, and how excited you are for them to take this big kid step.
Explain The Schedule
It’s important to explain the pick-up and drop-off process to your child long before their first day, as well as on their first day. Make sure they understand when you’re coming back and that you’ll be thinking about them throughout the day.
Pack Something From Home
Packing something comforting like a small stuffed animal or toy can help your child feel more at home when they’re at day care. Make sure you ask your care center before you select something to make sure it’s approved, as some items may not be allowed.
The best thing a parent can do to ensure a smooth transition to daycare is stay calm. If your child picks up on the fact that you’re distressed, they may react with tears or fear, so stay upbeat and calm for their sake.
To find out more about how you can ease your toddler’s mind when they go to day care for the first time, call Red Balloon Early Learning Centers at (608) 781-3550. For additional information on how they create a culture of compassionate care at all of their Wisconsin locations, visit them online.