With so many new families joining us very soon at our brand new Centre Two, we thought we would put together a post to assist in the task of settling into kindy.
It may seem scary for new parents, after all these are your babies-but, at Coomera Clubhouse we aim for this process to be as smooth and as calm as possible for both you and your children. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please do not hesitate to phone or drop into the centre, our Director Kylie will be more than happy to assist.
Preparation is key:
- So that your child is fully aware of what is going to be happening on their first day at kindy, have some light-hearted chats with them in the lead up to their first day. Talk to them about what will happen at drop-off, how fun the day will be, their new friends that they are going to meet and that you will be back to pick them up. Talking to them about what they are going to experience will ensure that there are no surprises.
- Make sure that you are fully prepared for the day, with bags packed and everything ready and clearly named, the day before your child’s start. This will ensure that you are not rushing around the morning of. Your child will pick up your vibes if you are rushing and stressing and this will affect your first drop off- so be prepared and organised. For information on what to pack for kindy click HERE.
- Something small and familiar from home can help your child settle in to care. Think a small blanket from their bed or cot, a soft teddy for nap time or a familiar sippy cup. These small comforts carry familiar smells and feelings of home- just be sure to leave behind anything highly valuable and that they are clearly marked with the child’s first and second name.
- Arrive at the centre well before 9am when the children are still playing outside and plan to stay for at least 10 minutes before leaving.
- When you arrive an educator will meet you and say hello- this is your chance to advise of any routine requirements, medications, allergies etc. Any important info should be recorded in the communication book.
- When it is time to go say a quick confident good bye and leave without showing anxiety/emotion- your child will be sure to pick up on this. Never just sneak out without letting your child know that you are leaving- this can cause issues at the next drop off.
- If there are tears and the exit was tough- please feel free to phone the centre and check on how your child has settled in after 9am.
- If you are able to, start out with shorter days, such as a day being picked up before nap time, a day picked up just after nap time and then finally a day being collected after 3pm when the children get to enjoy free play of an afternoon outside.
- Communicate regularly with our educators about how your child is doing throughout the day and if there is anything you can do to help at home if your child is experiencing difficulty in separation.
- Talk to your child openly about their day in care and ask what they enjoyed doing, eating and playing.
- Be sure to keep life at home as consistent as possible for the time being- if you were considering toilet training or transitioning into a big bed, you are best to postpone this until he/she is well and truly settled into care.
Please see us if you have any questions- we hope that this information helps you and your family with settling in to our centre 🙂