Prepping Your Child For Daycare: 3 Tips

If your child has never been to daycare before, it can be a little scary. It may also give your child and even you as the parent anxiety. If your child is going to start going to daycare, there are things you can do to prepare your child for their big day. Read on for a few tips to help prepare your child with the least amount of anxiety as possible.

1. Give Your Child Information About Their Day Beforehand

Some kids want to know what lies ahead for them and they don't necessarily like surprises. If this is the case for your child, then give your child as much information about their upcoming day as possible. Let them know where they are going and even drive them to the facility if possible. You can even take them inside if this is allowed by the daycare facility to help better prepare them. Tell your child everything that they may be doing throughout the day, including if they will be eating there, and what time you will be there to pick them up. This can help lessen anxiety if they know what is going to occur during the day.

2. Let Your Child Pick Out All Necessities

If your child is going to be eating at the daycare center, allow your child to pick out their lunch box, water cup, backpack, and even the first day of daycare outfit. Allowing your child to pick out any necessities they are going to need may help get them more excited about their days at daycare. They may be very excited about their new belongings and be very excited to use them and show them at daycare. 

3. Read A Special Book

A special book about going to daycare may help your child feel more at ease. If you don't have a special book, give your child a special note for the day to help them remember that you will be picking them up at the end of the day. Some children have anxiety about daycare and even school, thinking that you aren't going to pick them up at the end of the day. A little reassurance from you can help. Be positive when talking about daycare and about how much fun they are going to have at daycare.

Help put your child at ease by doing what you can to easing fears and anxiety about their day at daycare. Talk to the daycare facility about other things you can do to put your child at ease.