Having mixed feelings about sending your child to school? You are not alone. Many parents feel sad about their child growing up so fast. It's a big step for the both of you!
They are not the only ones that will need to get ready for this exciting adventure! Remember that they will take the lead from you.
-Keep Your Feelings To Yourself
Children can sense your emotions, what you say and your tone say communicate volumes to your child. If you are excited and positive about childcare, than your child will be too. Share all the positive aspects of childcare, like meeting new friends, playing games, learning new things and of course of exciting nature center!
-Talk And Listen
while you might spend a lot of time telling them all about the new and exciting things they will be doing at their new school don't forget to listen. Give them a chance to express their feelings. If they say the are scared or afraid to be away from you, that is okay, acknowledge their feelings but remain positive.
-Pretend and practice
One way to help them to become more comfortable and confident to practice through play! You can act out social situations that will happen at school.
~ Have them practice taking their coat off and hang it up
~ Play games and practice taking turns
~ Role play sharing situations
~ Read books together, especially about childcare
~ Washing hands, lining up and introducing themselves
-Prepare For Happy Goodbyes
Children love and need routine. Decide on a typical routine to send them off each day. Begin it on the very first day of school. Like a breakfast routine, a spacial song you sing together. Pick out a "secret" hug, handshake, or goodbye signal that only you and your child child will know. And save it for when you drop and pick up your child.
Lastly, its okay to stay for a few minuets, but not to long. Even if your child seems unhappy or fearful. Trust the caring, well trained professionals at Cozy Corner to provide a safe, fun, and nurturing environment for your child.