We have three child care centres in the Perth area, which also serve the suburbs including Wattle Grove. In a perfect world, every child settles in easily from day one. Unfortunately, some don’t, but that’s OK. We are very good at helping children feel comfortable. We have found, though, that it is a lot easier if parents help. Here are some things you can do to help your child “settle in.”
Talk to Your Carers
Whether you are taking your child to a Cuddles Childcare Centre or somewhere else, it is important to exchange information with your carers. If your child refuses to sleep without a favourite toy or doesn’t like a blanket, we need to know. It is wise for you to know how your child is doing, too.
Always make sure you ask your carer how information is recorded and how the carers will convey that information to you. Find out whether it is OK for you to contact the centre during the day to find out if your child has settled. Find out if your child is eating OK and sleeping well during naptime. It is also wise to know how your child is getting along with other children. You can also find out your child’s favourite activities at the child care centre and try them at home.
If there are any extenuating circumstances or unusual occurrences at home, positive or negative, be sure to let your carers know. For example, did your child go on a long trip or to the zoo over the weekend? Was there a stressful occurrence the carer needs to know about? These can affect your child’s energy level and attitude.
Talk to Your Child
Talk to your child about his or her experiences. Find out if anything is upsetting them. If there are obstacles, try to stay as positive as possible.
To learn more, contact the Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area closest to you.