It can be an exciting but terrifying time as a parent when your little one is about to start their nursery journey. But we are here to assure you that you are not alone or unjustified in your feelings! You can try keeping these things in mind to make the transition seem less daunting on their first day.
What if they get upset when I drop them off?
This is a really common worry for parents and it is totally justified, because our emotions often get the best of us and saying goodbye is never easy.
Trying your best to leave after you say goodbye and not come running back if the waterworks start. We often forget that it can be an emotional time for parents too, so, if you start to feel yourself welling up, try your best to keep on smiling!
This is another natural worry that will apply to many situations your child faces, not just nursery. It’s easy to assume your child might have a difficult time, but in reality, they might thrive in this new environment! You can help your child by encouraging play, sharing and being kind to set them up with some of the social skills they will need.
If you’re both feeling super anxious, it might be a good idea to meet with your nursery teacher beforehand!
What if they don’t learn?
It’s easy to dwell on things like this, but there is a lot of variety among preschool age children. Essentially, it’s normal for them to learn at different rates.
It’s important to remember that your child’s motor skills and social skills will be picked up during this time, so try to avoid rushing or putting pressure on your child. They will develop their skills in their own time.
So, what can I do to prepare?
If you have friends who are going through or have been through this or a similar situation, try talking it through with them to put your mind at ease!
Small things such as packing all their bags the night before will help you feel less panicked on the day.
Make a little handshake up or practise an Eskimo kiss to make saying goodbye a little more special for you and your little one! This will reinforce positive emotions for both of you.
It’s important to remember that all your worries are hypothetical, so try to stay positive! It is a big transition for everyone involved, so keeping positive can show your child there’s nothing to be afraid of. Talking through all the exciting things they are going to do can be really encouraging.
We want to make your transition as smooth and enjoyable as possible for your family. Our nursery schools are based in Eastleigh and Southampton.
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us today.