7 Tips for the First Time You Drop Off Your Child at Daycare

7 Tips for the First Time You Drop Off Your Child at Daycare

If you’re about to enroll your child at daycare for the first time, you may already be apprehensive of how your child will adapt to their new surroundings while dealing with the anxiety that comes from leaving home. While it is a big step for both you and your child, there are a few tips that will help ease the transition and ensure things go smoothly on the big day and in the future.

In the Days Leading Up:

Visit the Daycare Together

It may be beneficial to go to the daycare together a few days before to become familiar and comfortable with the new environment. Having you nearby will make your child feel safe, and when they go back the next day, the daycare won’t feel so foreign to them.

Review the Schedule

It’s important to discuss with your child what they should expect from their first day. Go over the day’s schedule in detail and do it often so they can become familiar with it (and so they don’t forget!).

Adjust to the Routine

Take a few days beforehand getting used to the sleep schedule. Plan to wake up at the same time they’ll need to when going to daycare and set a bedtime to adhere to in order to get enough sleep.

On the Day:

Take Your Time

Do your best not to rush or appear stressed during the first morning. Also try to arrive at the daycare early enough so you can stay for a few minutes to say goodbye.

Bring Something From Home

Pack your child’s favorite toy, stuffed animal, or family picture for them to hold onto during tough or emotional times. Having something from home will help your child feel comfortable and safe.

Goodbye Ritual

Develop a specific goodbye that you’ll repeat during every drop-off. Whether that’s a kiss on the cheek or a high-five, a short (but sweet) ritual each morning can help set an expectation for your child.

Trust Your Daycare:

This is the most important step. Being that this is a stressful time for you and your child, it’s vital to make sure you’re comfortable and trusting of your daycare since any anxiety you exhibit will be sensed by your child. Even if your child becomes upset or cries as you leave, staying calm and confident will help reassure that everything will be alright.

If you’re feeling concerned, don’t hesitate to discuss it with the caregivers since they’ve likely seen and experienced it all. Just Like Mom’s Kindergarten and Preschool has over 30 years of experience and has been trusted by thousands of parents across the Los Angeles area. Just Like Mom’s has the background and understanding to best help you and your child during this difficult process and can help you in each step along the way. It may take a few days for your child to grow accustom to their new surroundings, but by sticking to these tips, your child will have an easier and more successful transition.

If you’d like to enroll your child at Just Like Mom’s Kindergarten and Preschool, call (323) 874-6032 or visit them online.