Transitioning to Childcare
Settling in at Child’s Play is tailored to meet the individual needs of each child and their family. We have a flexible orientation program that is built around the confidence and comfort of you and your child. We believe the more time that is spent on orientation and ensuring your child feels safe and secure is the key to developing a “positive’ childcare experience.
Orientations generally last for 1 hour, we encourage you to spend time in the room and talk to the educators about the needs and wants for your child. We advise you to take as many or as few orientations (we advise at least 2) as necessary for your both you and child to feel comfortable and supported to the point that everyone agrees that the next step is for the child to start in childcare.
Our educators play an active role in gathering information from you and your family which assists us to get to know you and child quickly, which assists techniques and conversations that may need to be had with your child to gain their trust and help them settle.
We aim to ensure that all educators know your needs and work together as a team to provide routine and consistency of care for your child
We encourage you to spend time with your child to settle them in, and yourself get to know and trust our educators. If your child can see that you have a trusting and positive relationship with his/her educators then they will develop the bond along with you. We encourage you to phone us during the day to check on them and to help put your mind at ease that everything is going well.
Educators will also pass on numerous forms of communication about your child’s day for you to be able to visualise what they have been doing and to be able to use this information with the older children to initiate conversations. We will go over all the different forms of communication for families on your enrolment appointment.
Our goal is to make the transition between home and the centre as smooth as possible for your child. We value your feedback throughout this process.
It is normal for children to have separation anxiety and not be apart from Mummy and Daddy, but this can be quite daunting for parents and upsetting at times, but this will pass.
Definition: Separation anxiety disorder, is an anxiety disorder in which an individual experiences excessive anxiety regarding separation from home or from people to whom the individual has a strong emotional attachment. It is most common in infants and small children, typically between the ages of 6–7 months to 3 years, although it may pathologically manifest itself in older children, adolescents and adults. Separation anxiety is a natural part of the developmental process.
How can i prepare my child for childcare?
The key to a successful transition is planning and preparation for both your child and you. Ensure you have lots of visits to the service and try to be as positive as possible. Children can pick up on vibes and if you feel anxious they will feel anxious. Make the experience fun by buying a ‘new special bag’. Ensure the bag is appropriately labelled and has the following:
- A change of clothes.
- A special toy to soothe them if they get upset.
- A water bottle.
- A coat and a beanie (if it is winter) or a legionnaire or summer hat (if it is summer).
- A photograph of the family that can be kept at the service.
Encourage your child to choose these things for child care and be positive and happy about the experience. Ensure you talk through any concerns your child may have at home to put them at ease and facilitate the change. If you need any support please talk to staff about any concerns that you may have, and they can advise and guide you through the process and also support you with the transition.
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