In fact, these mixed feelings are perfectly normal and will not persist for long and will wear off within the first week if the parents are collaborative with the nursery, primarily making sure that their child is actually ready to take this big step.
How do I prepare my child for the first day of preschool?
Preparing your toddler or baby for the nursery is essential for their emotional well-being. It starts by gradually separating them from their parents and adjusting their eating habits; babies going to the nursery will be introduced to solids besides the milk and need to be familiarized with new faces other than their parents’. Also, it’s important to gradually arrange their sleeping patterns so waking up early gets to be a desirable habit, not a morning disaster.
We don’t promise the first day(s) will be relaxed and tear-free because; to be honest, crying serves as a natural reaction to the new strange environment, and it is a sign that your child is emotionally and intellectually stable. However, we can promise you these feelings will slowly but surely placate once your child finds happiness and safety in the new place.
- Kissing your baby goodbye, you need to bear in mind it has to be brief and sweet.
- Try to contain your feelings and don’t surrender to his or your tears.
- We don’t advise you to leave suddenly as that will fill your child with fear and distrust.
- As a parent, it’s important to have a good relationship with your child’s teachers.
- Children are reassured by this friendship, and feelings of security will find their way into their little hearts.
How do Nurseries handle the first day?
At Little Academy, we receive children in a joyful, warm environment with faces wreathed in smiles to calm their worries. We also set up activities with the parents to soothe their separation anxiety. Parents can consult our psychologist and she can talk to children whose anxiety does not seem to be soothed easily.
On the first day of nursery, it’s a good idea to meet children who will keep your child company. Accompany the teachers to introduce him or her to the nursery’s facilities and playrooms. Don’t worry if they refuse to have any food on that day as it is just anxiety keeping them off.