for Successful Transitions from parent-care to childcare
Set a positive, pleasant tone for the day If you're happy and comfortable, your child will read your positive body language. Talk about the kids, the toys, the day's activities & the time of day they will be picked up.
Bring security items... toys, blankets, pacifiers ... or any other special items they are accustomed to having.
Provide tips to teachers about your child's personality Tell the teacher what your child likes and what calms him/her when upset.
Spend a few minutes following a "settling in" routine. A daily drop-off routine helps your child understand what is going to happen next. Admire the fish tanks and point out your child's favorite toy(s). After this minute, say a friendly but firm goodbye and leave. Never leave without saying goodbye. This will violate your child's trust, and will teach your child to fear being left.
Ask a teacher for help in leaving. Holding a child, talking about it being hard to say goodbye, and spending one-on-one special time is all part of our job.
Call us to see if your child has settled in. It usually takes just a few minutes before s/he is ready to start their day.
When you return concentrate on being with your child. Both of you need each other after being apart all day. It's your time now!
Begin your transition for the following day. Set a happy tone looking forward to returning tomorrow.
Tips excerpted from: Scott Noyes, EMPOWERING PROGRAMS Supporting Adults Who Enjoy Playing & Working with Children www.EmpoweringPrograms.com