The first time they smile, first time they laugh, first steps they take, first day of preschool, first day of school. There is nothing more poignant than watching your little one grow. While the good news is that most children settle well into school, the reality is, some children experience separation anxiety and take a while to bounce back from this anxiety on the first day of preschool. As a parent, there are a few things you can do to help transition your child into their first day at childcare.
What to do BEFORE the ‘first day’ at childcare? Preparing your toddler for preschool:
- Come into your nearest Young Academics Centre → exchanging information:
Seeing the expertise, authenticity and passion of our staff will no doubt alleviate some of the stress associated with leaving your child in the hands of YA. We believe communication is a process and involves three; YA, you AND your little one. Working together, we (all 3 of us) can pave the way for your child’s lifelong journey of learning. In addition to this, you can glimpse into the childcare facilities, programs and resources available at YA. Click here to view YAs preschool centres
- Enquire about our learning programs → learn about your child’s learning:
ASK QUESTIONS! When you understand the programs involved in your child’s learning, you become just as confident in our educators as we are. Each of our preschool learning activities and programs is focused on the physical, emotional and intellectual development of your child. View our educational programs here.
- Parents’ Orientation for preschool → allowing your child to prepare for the ‘first day:’
Orientation is the first practical contact between you, your child and YA. It is an opportunity to establish positive relationships and is a stepping stone for your child to conquer their first day at childcare, allowing them to be involved in the preparation process. View our Orientation process here
What to do to prepare for the ‘DROP-OFF?’
The ‘drop-off’ can be considered the most difficult part of the first day of daycare for infants (and you!).
Here are a few tips to make that process a little easier:
Preparing toddler for preschool:
Explain to your child that they are heading to Young Academics for their first day of daycare, mentally preparing them for the day/s ahead.
Bring a transitional item:
Having something they love and are familiar with can make the transition a little less daunting.
Don’t sneak out (or back in):
Saying goodbye is a step into creating routine, habits and reduce anxiety. Once parted, don’t sneak back in. You don’t want your child to have a reason to cry longer and harder next time.
If you are positive, then so is little one!
What to do AFTER?
Leave it with us! Enquire now!
WHY YOUNG ACADEMICS?
As a family, everything is taken care of as soon as you walk through the centre doors. We provide each child with nappies, wipes, linen, sunscreen, 5 delicious meals, superior facilities and resources, dedicated and engaged educators and a world class daily program focusing on overall wellness, filled with lots of time for fun and exploration.
Our comprehensive offering provides families with peace of mind knowing that their child will be wonderfully taken care of and immersed in educational experiences from the moment they arrive, to the moment they leave the centre.
Tune into Kinderloop
We love nothing more than sharing your child’s progress with you. That’s why we use Kinderloop, an app developed to help educators keep families ‘in the loop’ by capturing and sharing your child’s special moments throughout the day. By simply downloading Kinderloop to your smart phone, you can stay in touch with your child’s milestones, daily activities and events every day.
Trust is everything in childcare, and we work hard to earn it. Whether we’re communicating with families or with each other, we’re truthful, respectful and responsive.
We love looking after children – it’s that simple. It’s what drives us to ensure we’re always implementing best practice in everything we do, from qualifications to processes and curriculum. There’s no place for cutting corners!
Always on the front foot, we’re constantly seeking ways to improve what we do. Just like your children, we’re always learning, growing, adapting and evolving.
We want Young Academics to feel like a home away from home, so we keep family values at the heart of everything we do. It’s about closeness, trust, unity and teamwork.