There’s a rite of passage in the journey through parenthood that can cause us mums and dads no end of anxiety – placing our child into the care of others. Even the most easy-going parent can find the whole experience quite heart-wrenching, and – as is often the way with these things – our stress can rub off on our children, making an otherwise adaptable child suddenly resistant to change.
The tips below are designed to make the transition from home to childcare as smooth-running as possible for your child…and you!
Art Village nursery, aims to enable this transition to be as easy as possible. We find that allowing parents to stay with their child until the child feels comfortable in their new surroundings is so much more beneficial than ‘kicking’ the parent out! What usually happens is that the parent and child spend the first week (or two) in the classroom together. For the majority of the time the child has only known one world that includes parents, family and friends. Meeting knew people can be quite daunting to a child in a new environment. We’ve found that allowing parents to stay with their child calms the child and enables the child to settle in quicker.
We know that this can be quite an upheaval for some parents but at the end of this transition period your child will be happy and secure attending nursery. For a child to see their parent in an environment allows the child to feel content knowing that mummy or daddy is not going to leave them somewhere where they will not even stay themselves.
Even very little children are incredibly intuitive and can pick up on adult stresses and anxieties. So if you’ve been feeling a little unsettled about this new ‘challenge’, your child may gain an awareness that ‘mummy is worried about something’. So in the run-up to the big day it’s important to try and keep a positive mindset to avoid transferring stress onto your child.
When you’re feeling anxious try to remind yourself that your child will gain hugely from being a little more independent from you. They will be getting used to new environments, making new relationships and learning important social skills – all fantastic ‘life training’ and great preparation for formal education, all these things are beneficial when heading towards all the challenges set forth by children at such young ages sitting assessments to gain a spot at a school. Here in Dubai it seems that children have to grow up so quickly, so one of the main benefits of sending your child to a nursery is that they can aid this transition.
We as childcare professionals understand the emotional turmoil you may be experiencing as you prepare to leave your little one. They will have built up plenty of experience of looking after children that find the transition difficult, and will know how to approach the challenge of separation anxiety. Try and trust us and remember we are childcare experts, well versed in the art of distraction when mummy is about to leave the room! But please remember to say ‘bye’ to not have your child crying in search of you.
If you’re worried about any aspect of settling your child into their new environment, share your concerns with us and please remember that we are here for you too. Consider us a part of your extended family where you can all feel right at home.