Simple Tips for an Easier Daycare Drop-off for both Parent and Child

 

Simple Tips for an Easier Daycare Drop-off for both Parent and ChildStarting daycare can be exceptionally hard, especially with a first child. To help you through the difficulties of the drop off we have put together a simple list that will hopefully ease the pains. Aside from the following, one thing you can do is make sure to select a daycare that you feel more than comfortable with. Get to know the people you will be leaving your child with. Doing so will make you and your children feel better about daycare. Once you start, here's how to make it easier for the both of you.

Start Part Time

If possible you should start daycare at a part time schedule. This will help both you and your child ease into daily daycare in which you will spend a few hours apart. Even starting your first week on a Thursday, opposed to a Monday, can make the transition to daycare easier.

Bring a Familiar Item

To help your child say goodbye let them bring a familiar item that reminds them of home and being with you. This may be a blanket, a toy, a clothing item or something of similar nature that gives them a good feeling.

Have a Goodbye Ritual

Developing a consistent way of saying goodbye each day will result in your child understanding that this is a normal thing and they will be less likely to cry or be otherwise upset when you leave them for the day. This could be a special handshake or high five, a tight hug or a special way of saying goodbye.

Start a Night Before List

Create a checklist of items that are necessary to take to daycare each day. This is especially true with younger children who require more items at daycare. By doing so you'll be much less likely to forget anything, thus reducing stress.

Expect Tears

This is more true when first beginning daycare, but don't expect a tear free drop off right away. You may even find yourself tearing up, and that's OK! Leaving your kids at daycare can be tough for you too! Be sure to chat with the child care specialist, and don't be afraid to check in throughout the day.

Starting daycare can be tough for you and your child, but we promise you'll both be OK, especially when you get to embrace at the end of the day! For more tips on this from your friendly Glen View and Richmond daycare centers reach out to Country Day Care and Magnolia Ridge Child Development Centers. Our teams would be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have about our facilities or daycare in general. Give us a call at the location nearest you to set up an appointment to view either our Richmond or Glen Allen daycare center.


Country Day Care Blog

Written By Brian Corey

Published By MORBiZ