Sending your child to daycare can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, for both you and your kiddos! The last thing you want to worry about is if your little one is safe, happy, and well-cared for while you are busy or at work.
Daycare teachers are there to support your child’s growth and development, and they have some valuable insights to share. Whether you are a daycare pro or a newcomer to the daycare world, there are things we universally experience that may change the way you approach dropping off your kids. Here are 7 things that daycare teachers want parents to know to ensure a smooth and positive experience for their child.
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. This is a stressful situation and you are going to be tempted to stick around and help soothe your child. Don’t!
We understand that it can be tough to say goodbye to your child, especially if they seem a bit apprehensive. However, lingering at drop-off can make the transition harder for your child.
A quick and confident goodbye reassures your child that everything is alright, and they will have a great day ahead. 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.
Trust that they will settle in quickly once you leave, and don’t worry, we’ll be here to support them.
Be Engaged with Your Child
Parents play an important role in learning and development. Your involvement in your child’s daycare experience is crucial.
Take the time to communicate with the teachers, ask about your child’s day, and share any important information about their well-being or interests. This may look like asking follow-up questions to the teachers or asking your child: How was your day? What did you do today? What was your favorite part of the day?
At daycare, we plan so many activities for them to learn and have fun. When your child sees you interacting positively with their teachers and taking an interest in their activities, it reinforces a sense of security and happiness.
Re-think the Fancy Wardrobe
Kids get dirty.
While we all love seeing the little ones with pretty bows and cute outfits, keep in mind that daycare can be a messy place. Many of the activities we do can be messy or very active which means those items might get dirty or may limit movement.
These activities can include art projects and outdoor play, or other activities that may lead to stained clothes. 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! Comfortable and easy-to-clean clothing is the best choice for daycare. Save the fancy outfits for special occasions to avoid unnecessary stress for both you and your child.
Take Your Child’s Teacher’s Recommendations
Daycare teachers have experience working with children and are experts at understanding their needs and behaviors. Developmental concerns are often brought up on our end to encourage assistance.
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 blame parents or hint that you are doing something wrong.
If a teacher suggests certain strategies or activities to help your child’s development, try to implement them at home too. Consistency between daycare and home environments can positively impact your child’s progress and learning.
Trust us, we try to avoid accidents as best we can, but children are naturally curious and eager to explore the world around them. Accidents like spills, falls, bumps or minor scrapes are a part of growing up.
Please trust that we take every precaution to create a safe environment. If an accident occurs, we’ll inform you and provide the necessary care. It’s all a part of the learning process, and with a little resilience, children quickly bounce back.
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 Transitional Days are Normal
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.
Starting daycare or transitioning to a new class can be overwhelming for children, and it’s completely normal for tears to flow. Rest assured, we will comfort your child and do everything we can to make the process as smooth as possible. Most children adjust within a few days and begin to enjoy their time at daycare.
To help the transition, make sure you ask a lot of questions about their new room, the new kids, and 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.
Share Important Information
Keep us informed about any changes in your child’s routine, emotions, or health. If your child didn’t sleep well the night before or if there’s a family event causing stress, let us know. Understanding what’s happening in your child’s life helps us provide the best care and support possible.
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!
Here at Cornerstone Academy, we do our best as Kenosha’s trusted daycare center to provide a rich and nurturing atmosphere for your child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. If you’re interested in learning more about our daycare services, contact us today or pop in for a tour!