If your child is starting child care in Wattle Grove or any Perth suburb, there are some things you need to know so your child will be fully prepared. Here’s what to do.
First and foremost, start building a relationship with the child care staff before your child attends. This will help the staff understand your expectations and your child’s needs. If possible, start your child gradually, with a short visit first and longer, subsequent visits until your child is on a “full” schedule.
Talk to your carers about how to help your child get settled in. Examples of this are you “sitting in” for the first visit or two or bringing along some items your child is attached to. A special blanket or toy can be especially helpful if your child becomes upset.
If your child has a preferred peer or staff member, arrange for him or her to be left in that person’s company when you leave for the day. Before you leave, you can also spend some time getting your child settled into an activity.
Inform the staff how you have most successfully handled your child during periods of stress or activities that cause them to be upset.
One of the more important things you can do is to show confidence that it’s OK for them to stay at the centre without you. Show them you trust the staff. When you say goodbye, do it confidently. Tell your child when you will be coming back.
A lot of parents think it’s OK to leave while their child is occupied, but this can cause them to panic or be upset later when they are looking for you and don’t know where you are. Nothing seems to stress out a child like finding out their mum left without saying goodbye.
Make sure the service is OK with you contacting them at any time to talk to your child or find out if he or she is OK.
For Child Care in Wattle Grove
For child care in Wattle Grove or any Perth suburb, call the Cuddles Childcare Centre closest to you.