How you approach the first day will likely differ depending on the child’s age. For example, a
twelve month old may not really have much of an idea about what’s going on until you leave the
room whereas a three year old will be able to talk to you and understand the situation to a
degree. With older kids, it’s important to get them excited about their first day at daycare and to
explain that you will be back at a specific time to collect them. Creating a sense of excitement
will likely replace fear and will make the drop-off a lot easier.
But whatever your child’s age, there are some things that will prove invaluable for that first day!1. Pack smart! – For babies and toddlers pack extra nappies and multiple outfits. For older
kids, pack a second outfit in case of bathroom issues. Remember to include bottles,
formulas or breastmilk as required. Also include a comfort item like a blanket or a toy,
just in case.
2. Label everything! – Daycare centres see a lot of traffic so to make it a little easier for your
child’s things to remain with your child, label everything from blankets and bottles to
clothes and soft toys.
3. Allow extra time! – The drop-off on the first few days may take a little longer, so allow
yourself plenty of time. You may also need a few minutes for a cheeky little cry in the car
4. Don’t hang around! – Once you’ve said your goodbyes, make sure you leave the room
for good. Although your first instinct is to rush to your child’s side if they start crying, it
will actually just confuse them and will make it even harder for them to settle down. As
hard as it may be for you personally, just keep in mind that you are leaving your child in
the care of compassionate and qualified professionals who will help your child to
acclimatise and enjoy their day.
So there you have it. Some top tips to help make that first day of daycare as stress-free as
possible. And remember, it may be difficult at first, but it’s what’s best for your child and it will
get easier with time.