Taking your child to day care for the first time, in Queens Park or any other Perth suburb, can be a stressful experience for both you and your child. On one hand, it can be exciting. On the other hand, it can be scary. This produces mixed emotions for both parent and child.
What Your Child Feels
The two most common feelings are separation anxiety and stranger anxiety. Separation anxiety is what your child feels when you leave, while stranger anxiety is what your child feels around people they don’t know. These feelings are natural; they are an accepted part of healthy child development. Always remember that neither of these is your “fault,” because there is no fault.
What You Can Do
Try not to worry if possible and know that your child will eventually become familiar with the new people and surroundings. If you have time, you might want to take your child to the child care centre a few times and spend time with them. Then, leave your child for an hour or two and build up to an entire day.
What You Might Feel
You might feel a bit excited and a bit apprehensive at the same time. If you are anxious or worried, your child may pick up on your emotion and feel that way, too. Try to be as positive as you can with your child about day care. Talk about how much fun it is going to be. If you are feeling intense emotions, try to find someone to talk to about them, such as your spouse or a friend.
What We Do
At Cuddles Childcare Centres, we are experts at making child care a positive experience for your child. Our motto is “learning through play” and we give your children ample opportunities to play, both individually and in groups. Activities such as Jessie’s Art Time and Messy Play keep your child occupied and having fun.
Contact us to learn more.