The pandemic has been hard on everyone, but parents of young children are in a tight spot these days. They have to go to work, but where will their children go? The world of daycare has changed drastically since the pandemic began and it’s a challenge for everyone to figure out how the new normal affects them.
What can you do to ensure your child is safe? Here are a few tips.
Find Out What the Nursery Protocols Are
Your child’s daycare has already considered everything you’re worried about. They should have solid protocols in place and these will be something they can share with you. It gives peace of mind to know exactly how your child will spend their days and what is being done to ensure they stay healthy and safe.
Most nurseries employ a strict hand washing policy, which is wonderful for children to learn about too. They will also have rules about when a sick child must be kept home and should include a standard guideline for anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
The nursery will also have a cleaning system, which should be shared with you. If you’re not happy with the system they have in place, talk to them about it or look for childcare elsewhere.
Look for Outdoor Spaces
Does the nursery you’re considering have outdoor spaces? While healthy children will be fine indoors in close quarters, it’s always good for them to get fresh air. When you know your child has access to a garden where they can play, it should help you feel more at ease about leaving them at the nursery.
Boost Your Child’s Immune System
Children need interaction with their peers, so going to nursery is a good experience for them. It’s quite normal that germs will be shared in the process and most of these are quite harmless. It’s still a good idea to improve your child’s immune system, however. You can do this by:
Ensuring they get plenty of sunshine and vitamin D daily
Giving them vitamins each day
Providing healthy, varied food that includes fruit and vegetables
Taking them out for exercise frequently
Encouraging hand washing with soap and water, not antibacterial gel
Getting ill from time to time is part of the body’s way of building immunity, particularly in small children, but it can be worrying these days. Be sure to stay in contact with your doctor so you’ll know that your child isn’t sick with anything serious and you can relax.
Are you looking for a day nursery where your child will learn and interact with other children? Little Acorn Nursery strives to offer a safe, educational environment for your little one. Contact us today to learn more.