Starting nursery is a big step for your little one but a great way of giving them independence, improving their social skills and preparing them for school. But every child is different. While some will embrace the new situation head-on, others may feel anxious and worried – both reactions are completely normal.
Here are some top tips to help your little one settle into nursery.
Throwing your child in at the deep end is not the best approach to starting nursery. Instead, prepare them for the new adventure by explaining what nursery is, why they’re going and what they can expect. Involving your child in these changes will make them feel more comfortable and familiar when the big day comes.
From a new lunchbox to new nursery clothes, let your child have their say in things. Allowing them to have some control will give them ownership of the changes and therefore make them feel excited about what’s ahead. Speak positively and explain how the nursery items are going to be used in a fun way.
If your little one is in floods of tears when you drop them off, don’t fear! Being in a strange environment can be daunting for everyone so don’t belittle them or tell them off. Listen to their feelings as you may be able to provide a solution to a simple worry. Most importantly, persevere as it may take a few weeks for your child to fully settle into nursery life.
At nursery, your child is going to experience a lot of new things. Putting on their shoes, going to the toilet and eating by themselves are just a few of the expectations that they may face. To make it easier be sure to practice at home so they don’t feel stressed when faced with new challenges.
At Little Acorns Day Nursery in Eastleigh, we offer professional childcare for newborn babies and children up to aged five. Our experienced team of caregivers are dedicated to providing the best environment for growth and development away from home. From dedicated playrooms for each age range to nutritious menus, look no further than us for exceptional care. Get in touch with us today for more information.