Checking out new day cares to send your child to is a stressful time for any parent. This already big challenge becomes extra tricky when your child struggles with adapting to new situations.
A lot of kids may take a while to warm up to new surroundings. This is to be expected. For the first time, the security blanket that they see in their parents is gone. They are alone, with new people in a new place.
It’s entirely normal for your child to have some nerves about going off to day care for the first time – they might be scared of new people, afraid of leaving their parents safety or just unsure of the surroundings.
I have a young cousin who was a child like this – super shy until he felt really comfortable around a person. So, when he picked me to visit his day care on ‘Special Persons Day,’ I was pretty curious as to how he would act in a situation I hadn’t seen him in before.
As I walked in, I was so impressed by his comfort within the space – not to mention the pride the little guy felt in showing me around. He was totally and completely in his comfort zone - surrounded by friends and caring professional educators who truly wanted what was best for him.
When a child is spending an extended period of time in a place – like a day care – it’s vital for them to feel comfortable. When looking for a day care, certain things can make your child adapt as quickly and smoothly as possible to the new situation:
Supporting the child’s interest
Often times, when a child enters day care for the first time, the only sense of security they have will be in their interests and the activities they like to do. By encouraging children to follow what interests them, they are encouraged to act as they would outside of the day care and tend to adapt more quickly to the environment around them.
Having experienced staff makes any business way more valuable, but when it comes to the happiness and safety of your child, it is of the utmost importance. Experienced and knowledgeable educators are integral in creating a safe space for your child, making sure they feel as comfortable as possible at all times
Creating a safe, supportive environment
By creating an environment in which your child is free to do the activities that they want to do and play with the children they want to play with, we can make sure that your child feels safe and supported. By supporting your child, we can ensure that they will adapt to their new surroundings as quickly as possible.
As a parent, you want your child to feel safe and comfortable in all places, but especially at their day care centre. The last thing you should be worrying about while out and about or at work is whether your child is happy. Especially during those precarious first few weeks as your child adapts.
Your day care should be working with you to ensure that your child is getting the best possible experience and is adapting as quickly and as smoothly as possible.