Wyong parents, here's how to make the transition easy
Communication is key
Long before your child’s first day at child care, bring up child care in conversation. Let them know that they will one day be going to a child care centre, as well as the many fun activities they’ll get to do while they’re there. It might be a good idea to pass a Wyong child care centre on your morning walk, that way they’ll get to see all the smiling faces of the other kids. It’s also important to communicate with child care workers once they begin, to make sure they’re happy and settling in while you’re not around.
Another technique to help get your little one accustomed to the thought of child care before their first day is reading to them. Hopefully after a few weeks of reading ‘Jojo goes to Playgroup’ by Christina Miesen or ‘Adam’s Daycare’ by Julie Ovenell-Carter, they’ll be excited by the prospect of their first day.
Pop in, say hello!
Head down to your local Wyong child care centre and introduce your little one to the carers and the environment. Under your supervision, pop in a couple of weeks before they start care and show them just how much fun they can have. Then, after a few visits with you by their side, give them their first solo experience for about half an hour. Depending on how they react, start extending the length of these solo visits until they’re ready for a full day.
Don’t look back
Perhaps the toughest of all things, is learning how to be without your kids while they’re at child care – well at least until you see their smiling faces when you pick them up in the afternoon. While it’s tempting to drag out your goodbyes, doing so only makes the separation process more drawn out and painful. Say a loving goodbye, then give them a cheerful wave as you head out the door. If you’re really worried, give the carers a call once you’re in the car if you’re worried.
If you’re looking for a child care centre that’ll make your little one’s first day a happy one, enrol your child at Small World Preschool Wyong. With a great CBD location, this family-run day care centre will give your child all the attention and guidance they require. Having been in operation for more than 40 years, Small World Preschool Wyong is the area’s most trusted child care centre – and for good reason. With all staff having completed a diploma and level III certificate in children’s services, your bub will develop key skills at Small World Preschool Wyong, all while having a blast.
Where: 6 Byron St Wyong NSW
For quality care in a nurturing environment, take your little one to Active Littlies Child Care Centre. Catering for kiddies aged 2 to 6, the carers at this popular centre have a real focus on developing your child socially and making them environmentally aware. With a large outdoor play area with real grass and trees, your child can play and learn in a more natural setting. With superb facilities, affordable rates and experienced staff, enrol your child at Active Littlies Child Care Centre today!
Where: 12 Wyreema Rd Woongarrah NSW
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