How To Prepare Your Child For Daycare by truth4reviews


									How To Prepare Your Child For Daycare

The transition from staying home to entering a full time day care can be
a difficult one for many children. There are many things parents can do
to make this easier, and to ensure a good day care experience.

The most important factor for any child is to choose the right daycare
provider. If at all possible, it may be easiest to place the child with
someone they are already familiar with, either a family member or friend.
As this is not always an option, many resources are available for
selecting a caregiver. Word of mouth from any friends with children will
go a long way towards steering you to a good day care. This way
experiences can be relayed, either good or bad, and eccentricities
discussed. Bear in mind that a provider who is wonderful for one child
may not be for another because of differing personalities; however, if
several parents have criticized a source, a genuine problem may be
present and that person might be one to steer clear of.

If word of mouth does not direct you to a good caregiver, the Department
of Social Services can provide you with a list of licensed day care
providers in your area. Your pediatrician may also be able to give you a
recommendation; many doctors get to know their patients fairly well,
particularly with children. If all else fails, a phone book or newspaper
classifieds can provide listings for child care professionals.

Once you have chosen a provider, take your child to meet them. Most
providers will wish to meet with you prior to the child being enrolled.
Take your child with you to this meeting if possible. This will give them
a chance to look around their new environment and meet the person or
people who will be caring for them.

If your child has a comfort object and it is permitted, allow them to
take that object to daycare. Most children become homesick for the first
couple of weeks, and this will give them a piece of home to hold on to.
Giving them a picture of you and other immediate family members to look
at when they become lonely may help as well, but make that decision based
on your child; it may make the situation worse. If at all possible, try
to stay for a little while in the mornings to help them settle into an
activity. This will make the transition easier. If you can, tell your
child exactly what time you will pick them up-and make sure you are
there. Like knowing what time your workday will end, daycare will be
easier if your child knows exactly what time they will see you again.
This gives them a sense of security.

The most important thing you can do for your child is to send them off in
a positive manner. If you are upset over your separation, they will be
to, whereas if you seem confident that all will be well and you will see
them at the end of the day they will pick up on that attitude. Remember,
it is not uncommon for your child to cry when you leave them. Most
children settle in within fifteen minutes of seeing their parents leave.
Simply say good-bye and walk out the door-you'll be able to give them
hugs and kisses for being so brave when you come back.

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