A Guide to Your Toddler’s First Day of Day Care

A Guide to Your Toddler’s First Day of Day Care

Apr 29, 2016

Choosing a day care provider for your child can be a very difficult and emotional decision. Leaving your little one in the hands of strangers is one of the hardest things a parent will ever do. But once you find a place of nurturing and fun for your child, and comfort for you both, you will need to start preparing for daycare.

The first day of day care is a huge milestone in your toddler’s life. The daycare transition can be rough for both you and your child. It is a significant change that will take some getting used to. Here are some helpful child care tips to help ease some stress and get all of you prepared:

  • Review the daily schedule with your toddler starting daycare and describe what the child will encounter. Try to provide as much detail as you can.
  • Start getting the family adjusted to the new routine a few days in advance. Begin the new bedtime schedule, wake up time and breakfast ritual.
  • Bring your child to visit and explore the day care center at least one time before starting. Allow the toddler time to do some solo exploration. Having you present in the new environment will provide a sense of security help smooth out the daycare transition. If the day care will allow it, have your child participate in the program for one day before officially starting.
  • Trust your instincts when choosing a provider. If you feel comfortable and confident on the first day of daycare, your toddler will too.
  • Provide something special for the big day. It can be a new outfit, a trendy back-pack or lunch box or even some special keepsake to help get your child excited while preparing for days. This is a big day!

The first day of daycare

When the day finally arrives, allow plenty of time for the family to complete the morning routine. It is easier to adjust to new routines without the added stress of poor time management. Also, include a photo, favorite toy or stuffed animal in your toddler’s backpack, something from home that will offer a sense of security.

On the first day of daycare, arrive a little early. Don’t rush off right away and allow your child to show you around. If your toddler gets upset when you are attempting to leave, remain calm and reassuring. This is one of the worst times for a parent, but it opens up the opportunity for the caregiver to comfort and bond with your child.

Keep in mind, your toddler will probably only cry for a few minutes. The whole family will make it through the daycare transition successfully and your child will be exposed to a new world of fun, friends and fond experiences.

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