Parenting is a learning experience. While you might have done a thorough check the first time around, it is possible that things went awry at your child's first daycare through no fault of your own. Daycare programs must adhere to specific standards regarding safety, but you will find that they are not all the same. In some cases, children who are not properly supervised may resort to negative behaviors such as biting and fighting. Alternatively, your child might have been bored by a program that did not offer proper stimulation. No matter what happened, it is important to help your child move forward. You can use these three tips to help them adjust to a new child care program and renew their interest in learning.
Give the Teacher Some Insight
Your child's new teacher is interested in knowing about their background because it helps them plan experiences that foster a positive mindset about going to the classroom. During the enrollment process, mention what happened at your child's former learning center. If their teacher is not present during your initial meeting, then ask for a chance to meet with them before your child's first day. Knowing that your child has some apprehension about returning to a child care program helps the staff be extra reassuring as they make the transition.
Watch Your Body Language
After your child has a negative experience, it is easy to want to protect them from ever feeling bad again. In fact, you may be almost as nervous as your child about having them attend the new program. Try to remember that you've done your research and learned from the past. Now, you know exactly what you want in an early childhood learning program. For example, you know that the children should all be happily involved in engaging activities, and you can even feel the good vibe when you walk through the doors. Try to remember all of these things and relax. Your child will pick up on your confidence and be less likely to balk when it is time for drop off.
Try a Few Trial Runs
After a negative experience, your child may need some extra time to build trust in their teachers. Consider arranging to have your child start the new program during a time when they can attend for a shorter time than normal. You can gradually increase your child's time in the center by a little each day until you know that they are comfortable. While the transition may take some effort, placing your child in a learning program where you can trust the staff and watch your child make new friends is best for everyone.
For more information, reach out to child care facilities in your area.