Tips for Transitioning to Day Care

A girl showing off her painting with a teacher in a day care

Tips for Transitioning to Day Care

The transition to day care, from an at home or nursery environment is a significant adjustment for you and your child.

If this is the first time your child has been in care, you may feel anxious or uncertain. You may feel like you have questions to ask, but are unsure of what those questions are. Here at Ally’s Kindy, our experienced team are dedicated to providing the best possible experience for you and your little one.

One of the biggest concerns for parents at this stage is the safety of their child. Children at this age are naturally investigative, and can be accident prone. We understand and are fully equipped to manage these situations. We have safety practices in place in all areas. Our qualified educators are trained to recognise signs of emotional or physical distress as soon as they occur. Our healthy child/carer ratio ensures that we are always looking out for your child.

We take a detailed background of your child’s patterns of behaviour, eating sleep routines, and they are always at all times, safe.

We also dedicate time to getting to know your child’s interests, talents and any areas of anxiety they may have.

A smooth transition to day care is a three-way process between you, your child and your care providers. Preparation for and continuity with the day care routine will help the adjustment to take place naturally and in a way that is sustainable.

Helping Your Child Settle in

Once you have decided to enrol your child in day care, come for a visit and meet the team. Exploring the grounds, rooms and facilities together with your child will help them feel at ease, and give you both something to talk about at home.

Get a clear picture of safety issues, rest times and spaces, dietary options, toileting procedures, and activities and resources available to your child. This will help you to feel organised and assured.

Make sure you arrive with time to settle your child in before you need to leave.

Consider bringing a favourite toy or comforter from home, to soothe your child in your absence.

You might even want to stay for a while, to begin with.

Attending volunteer days is a great way to see what your child is up to, and an opportunity for them to show you around. This is empowering for kids.

Try to remain relaxed in yourself. It can be emotional for parents leaving a child for the first time. Spend some time checking in with how you are feeling before you arrive each day. Seeing mum relaxed, confident and sure about her decision is a great comfort for children.

Sometimes it is necessary for you to leave even while a child is distressed. In this instance, give us a call 15 minutes after you leave, and then during the day when necessary to check in on how they are going.

Keep In Touch

Remain aware and informed about how your child is adjusting and where any problem areas might be. Children at this age can have trouble articulating their needs, or concerns. Anxiety may come about from toileting issues, not wanting to sleep in an unfamiliar environment, eating in front of others, or interactions with another child. Keeping an open dialogue with carers can help identify these issues and ensure that they are easily resolved.

Getting to know another family outside of day care, through organised playdates, can help your child to form a friendship with another child. This will assist them in forming relationships outside the family, making their transition to day care easier.

Most of all, relax and enjoy this time of growth together. If you would like to learn more, give us a call to discuss your child care needs. We can look at enrolment options for you and discuss your child’s needs.