Make a clean break, drop off quick and easy
Don’t linger at drop off
We’ve seen it so many times before. Your child woke up on the wrong side of the bed that morning and is a little crabbier than normal. You come to drop them off and they cling to you with an iron grip. When you put them down, all they do is scream and scream for you.
This is a stressful situation and you are going to be tempted to stick around and help soothe your child. Don’t!
While we understand that you want them to be happy, but by sticking around, you are going to make drop off harder and harder every single day. Making your drop off quick and smooth shows your child that they are going to be ok and allows them to get into their day much, much quicker.
Parents play an important role in learning
How was your day? What did you do today? What was your favorite part?
All these questions are amazing things to ask your child after their day at daycare. We plan so many activities for them to learn and have fun and by asking about them, you help reinforce all of those lessons and learnings!
If they learned about letters, ask them to tell you about them. Did they make something out of play-doh? Ask how they did it! Who knows, maybe your child will teach you something or give you some fun ideas to use at home as well!
Re-think the fancy wardrobe
Kids get dirty
We love it when kids come in with pretty bows and cute shirts, but most of the time, those items aren’t the best fits for daycare. Many of the activities we do can be messy or very active which means those items might get dirty or may limit movement. Take that into consideration when you dress your child each morning! We want them to have a blast while they are here and not be restricted in any way by what they might have on that day!
Take your child’s teachers recommendations
Developmental concerns are brought up to encourage assistance
We spend A LOT of time with your child each day. Because of this, we notice a lot of different things about your children’s development and learning.
When we notice something concerning we always bring it up to the parent as it’s important information for you to know. When we do this, it is NOT meant to be an insult and we aren’t trying to say that you are doing something wrong. We just want you to be informed on what we are seeing during the day so you can have a good understanding of your child’s learning. We are here to help! 🙂
Accidents do happen
Bumps, bruises, knocks, and scrapes will occur
Trust us, we try to avoid accidents as best we can, but at the end of the day, kids will be kids, and bumps and bruises are going to happen. When something does occur. We try to be as detailed as possible when filling out reports so you can know exactly what happened and if any additional steps are going to be needed. If you have any concerns, always let us know and we will try and answer any additional questions you might have. Please understand that we do our best!
Tears on transition day are normal
Transitions are when they move from one class to another after they’ve increased in age
Just like adults, kids don’t like change. Over time, kids become attached to the teachers, make friends, and get used to a certain routine. Whether your child is coming in for the first time or is just moving up rooms, there’s a chance they are going to have a hard time. Just know that this will pass quickly!
To help the transition, make sure you ask lots of questions about their new room, the new kids, what activities they do, and show excitement when they get to try something new. It helps us a ton when the parents show excitement and keep themselves calm during the transition as well.
There are many things we want parents to know when it comes to their children. Overall, just know that we also want the best for your child and the easier you can make our jobs, the better experience everyone will have! If you ever have concerns, we are always here to answer any questions or ease any concerns!