My son just turned one the other month and he is hyper! He doesn’t seem to get tired and he babbles the whole day about his toys and stuff he sees on TV, and with my home and office chores, I feel like I can’t catch up!
I discussed this with my husband and he too agrees that he needs to level up from home to school activities. So I called my friend Deb, a school counselor in our community daycare. She assured me that it was okay for my son to enroll in daycare since the optimal age to start would be after the kid’s first birthday. What perfect timing.
She continued that it would be great for my son to meet new friends and do new activities that would fulfill his need to discover and explore. Also, at one, most of our kids have overcome their separation anxiety.
However, she warned me of some problems that I might encounter. First off, they are still babies and exhibit behaviors suitable to their age, such as crying when you leave them, tantrums, and anxiety and insecurities in a new environment.
Below are some tips and precautionary measures to take care of that my friend shared with me to guarantee that my son would be ready for daycare.
- Make Sure Your Kid Is Safe. You want to be assured that when your child goes to school daily, that the facility he goes to is safe, bully-free, and evokes a healthy and happy atmosphere. Also, you must aware of the kind of adult supervision the school has. The appropriate child to teacher ratio is 4:1, so it would be wise to choose a daycare program that implements this rule, including a clean canteen with healthy snacks.
- Ensure that your child’s immune system is boosted. This is vital before you let your child go out into the world and discover what he needs to grow up. We know that being a child is all about playing, experimenting, and of course, getting dirty. You can give this freedom to your toddler. Visit his pediatrician and ask if he has been completely evaluated and confirmed healthy. Be aware of allergies if there are any.
- Talk With Teachers And Caregivers. Knowing who your child is dealing with in school is very important for parents to be assured that their child is safe and in good hands. You can determine more or less if the teachers are caring, understanding and patient when you get to chat with them – notice the way they answer your questions. As for caregivers, check on their work experience and background and choose the one that is friendly, patient and has a playful character, one that can take care of your child while you’re away.
- Let Your Child Feel Safe Before Leaving Him To Daycare. It is natural for children to feel anxious and afraid of going to school and getting inside their rooms without you. It’s a change in routine for them. You can decrease their fears by first accompanying them to school and in their classes perhaps for the first week. This can also be an opportunity for you to observe the daycare facility’s system.
- Acknowledge That You Are Anxious Too. Your separation anxiety may be even greater than your kid’s, but it is understandable. It’s difficult to not see what your child is doing for a few hours, and you’re used to being with him all day. But remember that it is what’s best for him – to learn in daycare so he will go on and thrive, as he grows older. Let him go, but not so easy.