Nursery is a huge step for both you and your child, and as a parent it’s very normal to have doubts. You aren’t alone in this feeling: studies have shown that nine out of ten parents feel anxious about putting their little one in a nursery. With so much to worry about, you might be wondering whether enrolling in your local nursery is the right idea.
Here at Little Acorns, we aim to support parents and carers with helping settle their child into nursery by making the transition as smooth as possible. Here are some common fears you might be experiencing around sending your child to nursery and why you don’t need to worry.
What if my child gets upset when I leave?
It’s common for children to get upset when it’s time for their parents to leave. The settling in process can be long, but it’s important to start preparing your child to cope when you’re not there for when it’s time to start school. While saying goodbye can be upsetting for both you and baby, oftentimes children are not sad about actually being at nursery, and will start playing happily soon after you leave.
In order to make it easier for you both, try to not draw out the process for too long. It’s also important to not go back in for one last hug after leaving as this can confuse your child and set the expectation that you will be back quickly. Instead, explain calmly that you’ll be back to pick them up at the end of the day. If your child notices that you’re upset they will feel just as uneasy. Be sure to keep smiling as you say goodbye.
What if my child doesn’t make friends?
While some children make friends easily, others need a helping hand. Nursery is the perfect environment for your child to develop some social skills. They will have the opportunity to join group activities and are given some time for free play. Our staff are attentive and will pick up on anyone who your child gets along with to help facilitate friendships. You could even arrange some playdates with other children from the nursery to improve their socialisation after your child has settled in. There are plenty of parents and guardians who would love to get involved.
What if I can’t cope as a parent?
It’s normal to feel upset or guilty about being apart from your little one. It’s a good idea to keep busy for the first few days – perhaps even make some fun plans with a fellow parent – to stop yourself from worrying.
Becoming familiar with the nursery staff can ease your worries as you know your child is in safe hands. Plus, we love getting to know all of our parents! It’s important to remember that your baby is in the care of childcare professionals who want nothing but the best for them.
Little Acorns are here to help
At Little Acorns Day Nursery, we are devoted to providing the highest quality of care for your child so that you can put your mind at ease. If you have any concerns we are always on hand for a chat. You can get in contact with us here.