Easing Your Child Into Daycare after Maternity Leave

by Laura Driver

It is important to acknowledge that your child starting daycare can be a difficult transition for the whole family. Especially if you have a child known to have the wobbles, or who experiences and displays symptoms of separation anxiety.

Let’s have a look at some tips to help your transition!

More than one introductory visit

Initial visits are vital; don’t just rely on one visit as your child needs to gain recognition and build trust. Your child will pick up on tiny elements during visits that will become part of their recognition of daycare – little tiny details that as an adult we may overlook, as we’re looking at the bigger picture.

Your child not only needs to feel familiar with the people and the new environment they’re in, but there’s the journey from the car to the front door, then the move into the building and then entering their designated room/space.

These are all new and unfamiliar areas and this journey can be the most daunting part of the whole experience for them.

Routine is important

Is there a routine to entering daycare? Is there a key person you can meet each time you visit to hand your child to? This is all important and becomes established within your child as part of the routine.
Place great importance on this ‘tradition’ as you need to leave the room at some point! Establish a routine regarding how you leave the room and stick to it every single time, even if there are distractions!

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Stay calm

Try not to become overwhelmed and flustered if your child becomes distressed. If you feel good about the setting and your handover, then you need to lead by example and show confidence even though it can be hard.

Recognise your feelings

Your child absorbs from you, so try to acknowledge how you feel and recognise these feelings. Let them sit and know that it’s OK to feel the way they do. Get out, go for a run or do what you do to have your time. Don’t be afraid to talk about your concerns, not only to your child’s teachers, but to your friends and family, so they too can offer you support.

Overview

Part of this transitioning process is getting used to being amongst other children. At this point in time in their development, it is about them and their world, not that they’re a person within a big world! Children are constantly developing their social and emotional skills as they learn to be with other children and to develop relationships.
Don’t be afraid to raise any concerns to your child’s carer, never feel as though you’re being a burden.

Of course, there are going to be good mornings and not-so-good mornings, trust your instincts and let your little one lead the way. With constant support and reassurance from you, your child WILL settle.


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Written by

Laura Driver

Blogger & Social Media Manager
Laura lives in Yorkshire, UK with her two teenage children. When they were little (and definitely not taller than her) she used to blog avidly about the trials and tribulations of motherhood. Laura is no stranger to all the joys small children can bring; sleepless nights, a random public meltdown or a spectacular poonami. She fondly remembers the time her youngest child rolled across a supermarket carpark in a trolley while she was putting her eldest child in the car and the time her, then, three year old took up swearing at a church event. Laura has worked for Your Baby Club, as a Social Media Manager, since 2014.

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