Sending your child to daycare can make it possible for you to go back to work or just get things done during the day, and it can provide your child with the chance to develop skills and socialize with other kids as well. However, it can be tough for kids to get accustomed to going to daycare, particularly if they are used to being at home with you or with other familiar people. Luckily, following these steps can help you get your child ready for daycare.
1. Take Your Child for a Visit
Before you drop your child off at daycare for the day, you may want to take him or her to the daycare center to visit. If possible, take your child into the daycare center so that he or she can meet the teachers and daycare workers and can get an idea of what the inside of the building looks like. Talking to your child along the way and showing him or her the route to daycare and back home can also help.
2. Talk About Daycare
Talking to your child about daycare as much as possible can help him or her get accustomed to the idea of going. Tell your child about what daycare is like, show your child TV shows and movies that show other children going to daycare and act out what daycare might be like during playtime. This can help your child learn a little more about daycare and can pique his or her interest.
3. Start Out Slow
In some cases, you might not be able to choose shorter daycare hours for your child, such as if you have to go to work during the day. However, if you can, consider easing your child into going. You can do so by asking to send your child to daycare for shorter days, such as from morning until lunchtime, at least for the first few days. Another option is to send your child to daycare just two or three days out of the week. Doing so can help your child get used to going to daycare while easing him or her into it. It might be a bit easier for you to not have to drop your child off for quite so long at first, too!
Getting your child adjusted to going to daycare might not be as difficult as you think. If you follow these tips, you can help make the adjustment period as easy as possible.