If you are going to be sending your child to daycare, then you know this is going to be an adjustment that can be a little difficult. However, there are things that you can do to get through the transition in a way that can make it easier and even exciting for both of you. Here are some of the ways that you are going to want to approach sending your child to daycare for the first time, making it a positive experience for yourself and your child:
Get familiar with the daycare center
Before you drop your child off at daycare for the first time, the two of you should spend some time there. Set up a time when you and your child can visit the daycare center. You may want to go there and see the center during a quieter time when there aren't many if any, children there. This will be a good opportunity for you to make sure all of your questions are answered so that you know all about their program.
This will also be a good time for your child to look around a bit so they can become familiar with the center. Then, you may want to pay the center another visit with your child when the children are present. Make sure you set this up with the staff so that you don't interrupt an activity. This visit will be very helpful in getting your child comfortable and even excited about attending the daycare and playing with the other children.
Take your child shopping for new supplies
Even if your child doesn't need new things like clothes or a backpack, you should take them shopping for at least a few things. Let them pick them out themselves because this is something you can do with your child that will help them to really look forward to starting daycare. Save their new outfit and new supplies for their first day at the center.
Have your child make artwork about daycare
Many children love to express their thoughts through pictures. You can use this to help better prepare your child for the day you drop them off. Ask them to draw pictures for you that show you what they think it is going to be like at daycare. You can offer fun suggestions for them to add, such as drawing toys or drawing a slide or swing.
Say goodbye quickly
When you take your child to daycare for the first time to leave them there for the day, you may want to give them a hug, a kiss, and one goodbye. By making your departure quick and easy, you will help make the goodbye easier for both of you. For more information, contact a daycare center.