Everything mums and dads need to know before enrolling your child.
If the notion of leaving your wee one at nursery for the first time fills you with anxiety, don’t panic. The first day of nursery is the start of a process that leave your child more knowledgeable, sociable, and confident. Here are some simple steps to make their transition smooth and (mostly) tear-free.
Socialise your child
Try taking them to the local playground or playgroups, so they can interact with other children as much as possible. The more your child is used to playing with other people, the easier it will be for them to be apart from you.
Read to your child every day
Reading to your child for 15 minutes a day will pay dividends. It increases their vocabulary and attention span, both of which will assist them in listening and responding to nursery staff. It is never too early to start this.
Take your child for a settle
Many nurseries will require this as part of your child joining them, but if they don’t see if you can schedule two ‘settles’. Tears are not uncommon from both wee one and parent. But your child’s confusion will be short-lived, and learning to thrive without their parents is a crucial part of their personal development.
Talk to the staff about your child’s personality
Don’t be a diva parent, of course, but the more information the nursery staff has about your toddler’s routine the better they will be able to keep them healthy and content. Some basic information includes the child’s likes, dislikes, what food they eat, when they tend to sleep.
Don’t ‘sneak’ away
Some nursery staff advocate parents slip away when their child is distracted on the first day, to avoid a big scene and tears. However, there is compelling psychological evidence to show this damages a child’s sense of trust. It may hurt to watch them become distressed, but it is better to offer them a big hug, a kiss, and an explanation of where you’re headed than to leave them bereft. Keep smiling throughout.
Make sure they have everything they need
If your child has a comforter, such as a blanket or stuffed toy, make sure they have it. If they’re still breast-feeding, make sure there’s plenty of pumped milk to give to staff, as well as instructions on when to feed. If your child is older and toilet trained, make sure their clothing is easy for them to pull on and off, and that they have spare clothes in case of any accidents.
At Learning Curve Nursery
We support parents and their children take the next step to ‘Big school’. With a little preparation and encouragement, most children will settle in easily at school, but please remember your child doesn’t need to be able to read, write or do sums. At Learning Curve Nursery for our younger children, we focus on the three prime areas within the EYFS which lay the foundations for children’s success in all other areas of learning and of life. School life is exciting for any 4-year-old, and if they can ‘use their listening ears’, (Communication and Language) have strong social skills, cope emotionally with being separated from their parents, (Personal, Social and Emotional Development) are relatively independent in their own personal care (Physical Development) and have a curiosity about the world and a desire to learn, in reception they will thrive. Within our Pre-school we teach the four specific areas of learning: literacy; mathematics; expressive arts and design; and understanding the world. With the support of our Early Years Teacher who has 23 years Early Years’ experience we teach ‘letters and Sounds’ to support children with their phonics and provide multiple opportunities to use mathematical language and create confident mathematicians within our pre-school. We encourage all children to express themselves and be inquisitive about life. So little people’s grownups need to get excited about school, smile when they tell friends they are growing up and most of all remember…
‘Children are our greatest treasure they are our future’