What can you do to prepare your child for their first day at nursery?
The first day at nursery for your children can be incredibly difficult, not just for the children but also for yourself. Use these fantastic tips to help ease the pressure and make it easier for your child to be happy at preschool.
Boost their confidence
Socialising is a skill that we all need, as humans, for basic communication. It’s the basis of our development and whilst we all naturally learn it, it can take some children a lot longer to learn their social skills compared to others. If you can teach your child the idea of taking turns with toys and sharing them to others, they should have a much better time settling into nursery. Be patient, as children won’t learn right away that sharing is needed. Always remind your children to be friendly and share, as children are bound to squabble over toys. If you don’t know many mothers with children, you can always join a mother and toddler group, which is a fantastic way of introducing your child into socialising with other kids.
Teach them basic skills
If your child is going to be eating at nursery, it’s a good idea to teach them the basics of feeding themselves. They’re going to have to use a knife and fork, so practise with them at home. Don’t expect your child to be able to cut their own food up, as nursery staff will do this for them. Also, make them aware of any allergies you child may have to avoid icky tummies!
Make visits prior to their start date
Like anything, your child will need to familiarise with their new environments before they’ll begin to feel content about spending time in the nursery. You should try and book visits to the nursery before consider starting their, just to see how they cope with spending time away from you for a few hours. When you get back, be sure to talk with your child about how great the school will be, what they’ll do their, what trips they’ll go on etc.
Their start day may be difficult, so here’s how to cope!
Allow plenty of time for your child to get settled before leaving instantly. Go into the nursery with them; make sure they’re comfortable and relaxed, as this should hopefully allow you to avoid unnecessary crying!
It’s perfectly natural to feel a little emotional at the site of your child going into nursery, but don’t let it show. Children will pick up on your feelings of negativity.
Be honest with your little one, as they’ll know when you’re telling fibs! Explain to them that you’ll be back at a certain time and you’ll see them very soon.
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