As a childcare centre director serving Vic Park and other Perth suburbs, i have seen a lot of children who have separation anxiety. In fact, it is rare when children don’t show some separation anxiety the first few times they are dropped off for child care. Separation anxiety is a common occurrence in young children, but many parents feel guilty the first few times they drop their children off at the childcare centre.
However, if you prepare your child for child care, you can greatly decrease the effects of separation anxiety and make yourself feel better at the same time. Here’s how to do it.
Before You Start Child Care
As soon as you decide on a childcare centre, take your child in for a visit. Ask the director of the childcare centre for a tour and if your child can play with some of the other children. If the childcare centre allows you to take your child in for supervised visits in the weeks before your starting date, take your child in. This will help your child be happier with the environment and make you feel more comfortable, especially if you get to know some of the carers.
When you are visiting, ask the carers to show your child where he or she will be eating, sleeping and going to the toilet. Also, get a tour of the inside and outside play areas for your child. If you see your child having fun, stay in the background and let your child get to know some of the other children.
The First Few Days
Always remember that your child is probably going to cry the first few times he or she is dropped off. The more positive and calm you stay, the more positive and calm your child will be. Say goodbye to your child quickly with a short kiss and cuddle. If it is prolonged, your child will become more emotional. Don’t sneak out without saying goodbye or this will create trust issues. If you can, pick your child up early the first few days as an adjustment period.
These strategies will help your child adjust to child care faster and with less pain. We hope you try them.
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