7 Ways to Help a Toddler Adjust to Daycare


7 Ways to Help a Toddler Adjust to DaycareIt can be extremely difficult for children and parents to transition into a childcare setting. If your toddler isn't taking to the new environment you may want to try and implement one or even all of the following tips. First and foremost, be sure to talk to your childcare provider about your problems, as they will be able to assist you in additional, professional, ways.

Talk with your child: While not everything your toddler says may be comprehensible, at this stage in their life routine conversation is a great way to help them learn, and to learn from them. Have them express their feelings about daycare, and teach them why it's necessary they go.

Arrange playdates: To help your child get to know and get used to children from daycare, arrange for weekend playdates at your own home. This way they can interact with them in a familiar setting, which can then excite them to see their friends at daycare.

Transitional object: It is ok to let your child bring an object from home to daycare if it makes them feel safe. This may be a blanket, pacifier, toy or stuffed animal.

Avoid big changes at home: Switching up things at home, either in routine or decoration, can exacerbate your child's issues with going to daycare. They constant change can be scary for your youngster, so keep as much as possible the same during your transition period.

Read up: There are lots of books about this transition period that will provide both you and your toddler with some interesting and informative ideas to ease the uncomfortableness of the change.

Tell them when you're coming back: Don't sneak away from your child when you drop them off. Make sure they know you're leaving and be sure to tell them when you are coming back to get them.

Say bye, then leave: After saying goodbye to your toddler you will want to leave right away. Hanging out by the door can cause your toddler to worry. A swift exit shows you have confidence in the child care providers.

At Country Day Care & Magnolia Ridge Child Development Centers we will do everything we can to help ensure a smooth transition into daycare. Our daycare centers in Richmond and Glen Allen are both staffed by highly qualified providers who are more than willing to talk with you about your concerns. Give us a call at the location nearest you to learn more about transition into daycare in Richmond or Glen Allen.

Country Day Care Blog

Written By Brian Corey

Published By MORBiZ