A guide for both parent and child
BY CEVEL REGIS
The thought of sending your precious little one to daycare or preschool is enough to make both you and your toddler misty eyed. For many the transition can be very tough, so after a little research I came up with a few tips to help ease the shift to this new phase.
Read Books About School
Story time is an easy way to kick start the conversion to preschool. Get books that show your toddler their favourite characters making their way to the classroom. This will help prepare them mentally and emotionally for their new environment.
Get Them Excited About School Gear
Let your child help you choose their school bag, lunch box and shoes to get them excited about the perks of heading to school. Allow them to get comfortable with their new stuff. Let them try on their new gear before their big day so they can get comfortable wearing their new items.
Do not sneak out of the room. It is important that you say goodbye and when you do, you should actually leave. Walk away confidently even if your child is crying. Don’t linger, look or come back as it might give your child reason to think that they should be scared. Also make sure that you keep promises, if you say that you will be back right after break time or lunch, be there. Separation anxiety is a natural part of child development but the response of the parents play a vital role in a healthy transition.
Create a Drop- Off Routine
Develop a special send off routine to share with your child. Whether it’s a special handshake, an affirmation you both say together or a kiss on the forehead, do it every time you drop them off.
Practice Self Care
After you drop off your child, let the guilt go and do something for yourself. Buy your favourite cup of coffee, call a friend or just cry it out. Comfort yourself knowing that your child will stop crying sooner or later and have faith in your child’s inner strength and positive coping techniques.
As your child makes this big transition, he/she might cry, whine or even have bathroom accidents. Do not punish your child, instead you should nurture and reassure them. When they express negative feelings always respond positively.
Discussing their School Day
Make it a habit to encourage your child to open up and give details about their day at school. Get him or her to talk about the worst and best parts of their day. Validate your child, even their sadness, confusion and frustration. This will help them know that you hear them and that you are connected to them.
After all is said and done, sending your child to a daycare or preschool with experienced and caring teachers is very important and will help make this transition even easier. If you reside or work in San Fernando, Island Kids Learning Centre is conveniently located and it's a great option for you. Offering a stimulating and nurturing environment for children, this institution has been around for over 40 years. Hadassah O’garro gives a brief synopsis about the school in the video below. To learn more click here.