Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Tips on Transitioning Your Child to a Child Care Provider

One of the most heart wrenching times for a parent is when the time arrives to leave their child with a child care provider. The age of the child may differ but the transitioning pangs remain the same.

Tips on Transitioning Your Child to a Child Care Provider

Tips to Make the Transition Easier

Have a Trial Period

You need to make sure that your child is comfortable with the childcare provider. At the same time, you need to ensure that the child care provider is efficient and knows how to look after your baby and keep her happy and comfortable. Having the child care provider interact with your baby while you are around can make the transition easier for all concerned.

Make the Transition Gradual

Most childcare providers will encourage you to do this. They will ask you to leave your child for a short period during the first few days and then slowly increase the time that you stay away. This can be a good weaning period for both you and your child.

Make a Schedule

You need to make a schedule of your child’s habits and make sure that the child care provider understands it. Keeping to a known routine can go a long way in making your child feel comfortable.

Keep in Touch

For older children, call them or text them a couple of times during the day, for the first few days. It can help them feel better about being away from you. For smaller children, ask the child care provider to send you pictures over the day. It will set your mind at ease.

Build a Good Rapport

It is important to make your child care provider feel comfortable in your presence. Talk to them and build a good relationship with them. You will be leaving your child in their hands and you need to acquaint yourself with them.

Find a Good Childcare Provider

It is important to check if the child care provider is licensed. You should check their references and make sure that previous families have no complaints. You should trust them and feel certain that your child is in safe hands.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

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Monday, 17 February 2020

Your Toddler’s Teacher – Tips on How to Interact

A call from your child’s daycare  teacher informing you that she wants to discuss your child with you often results in panic – you presume that something is wrong and that is never a good thing. There probably is a specific issue regarding your child that she wants to talk to you about, but there is no need to panic or become defensive. It is very rare to find a child who is perfectly happy and well behaved in childcare – children will always be children. All children face obstacles outside the home, even toddlers. In many cases, they are able to find their own way to deal with these situations, but at times they need support and guidance from the parents. When your child’s teacher calls you and says she wants to talk to you about your child, look at it as an opportunity to get ahead of a problem and make life happier for your toddler. Your positive attitude will go a long way in ensuring that the meeting with the teacher is a positive one.

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Talking to the Teacher

If you get a call from the teacher but are unable to  talk, explain your situation and ask her for a convenient time to call her back. Ensure you call back as scheduled.

• When you do talk to the teacher, keep an open mind and do not become defensive. Your child may be behaving in a way that you do not see at home. 

• If you feel that the teacher is wrong in what she says, do not interrupt. Let her finish speaking before you express your point of view.

• No one knowns your child as well as you do. This is when you can share your ideas and express your concerns. Use the conversation as a platform for creating a positive dialog with the teacher.

• Take notes of what is discussed,have a record of the decisions taken and the follow up to be done by both you and the teacher.

• If you are not sure about how to respond to what the teacher says, conveythat you understand what she is saying and that you would like a little time to find a solution to the issue. Set up a mutually convenient time to talk or meet and stick to it. When you do talk or meet, be sure of what you want to say, but do not be dogmatic and unwilling to accept another point of view.

• If you cannot resolve the problem by talking to the teacher, set up a meeting with the head of the daycare to discuss your concerns.

You may feel that the teacher is being too harsh or treating your child unfairly. This does happen buttry looking at the problem from her point of view. How well would you be able to cope with caring for 30 plus young children at the same time? Being open, clear and polite in your dealings will give the teacher a good impression of you and this will carry over to her opinion of your child. No child is perfect and if the teacher brings some behavioral issue to your notice, it is a chance for you to nip the problem in the bud. However, if you feel that the teacher or the daycare is not treating your child fairly and complaints to the management do not improve the situation, consider moving her to another daycare. Using an online resource to find and connect with daycares near you will make the process quick and easy.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Is Your Child Unhappy at Daycare?

The first few days of daycare can be a stressful and often traumatic time for a child. Getting used to a completely different environment than what the home provides and having to spend long hours in the company of other children is never easy. All children will have fears and anxieties when starting daycare. In most cases, the children get over their fears soon enough and settle down to a happy daycare routine. However, some children are not able to do this. If a child tells her parents that she is unhappy at daycare, the parents can often, usually with the help of the daycare staff, find ways to overcome these issues so that the child is happy to go to daycare. The major problem arises when a child is unhappy but does not tell her parents about it. The reasons could be many, from fear of parents’ displeasure to peer pressure in the form of wanting to be like other children even if it makes the child unhappy. This kind of situation is more common than most parents realize and if not rectified quickly can have a lasting effect on the child’s psyche.

Knowing how to spot the signs of an unhappy child will enable parents to realize that there is a problem.

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The Signs
  • Crying when being dropped at daycare is normal for the first few days or even weeks. If it continues beyond that, there is probably a problem that needs to be investigated.
  • If a child consistently shows fear when entering daycare even after a few weeks there, it is another common indication of repressed unhappiness and fear.
  • A personality change is another sign. If your child shows different personality traits after starting daycare such as temper tantrums or shows signs of becoming withdrawn, it is probable that something at daycare is causing this and that stress is being carried into the home.
  • A child that becomes clingy and sticks to a parent is subconsciously saying that she is afraid and needs continuous parental support. The fear is often caused by daycare stress.
  • Revival of bad habits like thumb-sucking or soiling herself is the kind of regressive behavior that is often caused by stressful situations at daycare.
  • If bad habits like biting nails, pulling hair, etc. start when she begins daycare, it is a sign that the child is unhappy there.
  • A child that will not eat at daycare is one that is sad there.
  • If the starting of daycare results in bad dreams and/or sleeplessness, it is often the daycare that is the cause.
  • Sickness, either real or pretend, is often a symptom of mental tension caused by an unhappy daycare experience.
The Solution

If you find that your child is not happy at daycare, talk to her to find out the reason and then discuss the matter with the daycare staff to see if a solution can be found. If you find that there is no way out or the methods tried do not produce desired results and the child remains unhappy, changing daycare will often resolve the issue. Locating, contacting and visiting daycares to find one that is going to make your child happy can take up a huge amount of time. Using an online resource that will provide details and contact information about daycares in your area will make the process of finding one where the child will be happy much simpler.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

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Monday, 23 December 2019

A Daycare Packing List for Toddlers

The dilemma over the kind of food to be packed for children to take to daycare is one of the biggest problems faced by parents. Once that is resolved, there are still other issues to be tackled. Among the most important and complicated ones is what are the other items to be packed for daycare.Imagine a scenario where you are late for  work and to make matters worse, your child’s daycare bag is empty. This is not only incredibly frustrating,it also means packing in a rush and probably being late for daycare and then for work. As everyone knows, packing anything in a frantic hurry only leads to mistakes being made and vital items being left out.The best way to avoid this kind of hassle is to have a daycare packing list placed in a prominent location like your refrigerator door which will remind you of all the essential things to be packed.


What Should Be Packed
  • Extra clothes–Falls, spills, “accidents” and all other possible scenarios that could happen to toddlers will happen at daycare. Most of these will require a change of clothes.  Pack more than what you think will be needed and keep reducing it over time until you have the right amount to put on your packing list. A separate small dirty clothes bag to go inside the main one may be a good idea.
  • Diapers – The diaper pack should have the child’s name on it so that it doesn’t get mixed up with another child’s. Find out the daycare’s policy about the disposal of dirty diapers.
  • Diaper cream is very important. If it is not in the bag, the daycare may have to use another brand and that may not suit the child’s skin.
  • Daycares normally provide wipes but it is worthwhile checking with yours. Additionally, if the child has sensitive skin, it will be best to send your own wipes – the ones that your child’s skin is used to.
  • A towel is essential. You never know how dirty a child can get or how bad a diaper incident may be. Remember that towels are a great channel for transferring germs so even if the daycare has its own, it is best to send one for your child.
  • A few wash cloths to wipe the child’s face and mouth after eating are essential.
  • Utensils – Send a set for each meal so that you are sure that she has a clean set each time she eats.
  • Bottles – Some daycares have a freezer where milk bottles are stored. Others do not and may require parents to 
Every Child and Daycare Are Different

This list is a general one. If there is something more that your child needs to carry with her so that she feels safe and comfortable, add it to the list. Also, keep in mind that daycares often have strict rules about what children can carry with them. Check with your daycare about this. If the daycare does not allow you to send something you think is important, try to work out a compromise with them. If that does not work and you are not happy with the daycare, it will be best to find another one. The right way to do this is to use an online resource to find daycares in your area and obtain their contact information. You can then contact the individual daycares to find one that works for both you and your toddler.