Yep! You can feel it in the air, we are just a few days away from September. I tend to think of this month as a time of new beginnings! Most schools have just started or are about to begin the new school year! This is also true of many childcare facilities that are transitioning children to their new rooms. Now this can be a time of excitement as they have grown and developed and are ready to move on but it can also be a time of uncertainty for both child and parent. Everyone was in their routine and now it’s going to change a bit. There will be new teachers, different rules, activities, expectations, etc…..
No worries, there are things that can make the transition easier. Hopefully your center has provided you with all the information you need to have ahead of time and maybe you have even attended an open house to meet with the teachers and let your child explore the new environment a bit. If you have ANY questions at ALL, feel free to ASK! I say no concern is silly and you shouldn’t be embarrassed to ask. Another good idea is if possible try to give yourself a little more time for drop off on the first day. This allows you the time to get your child engaged in an activity and maybe have a few words with the teacher. If you are feeling uneasy when you leave you can always call or e-mail later on for a quick update on your child’s day.
Keep in mind that the first week is in general somewhat chaotic and this is perfectly normal! Staff, parents, and children are getting to know one another. There could be children crying, lost or missing items, misinformation…. you just never know. We all need to cut one another a little slack. Rest assured the dust will all settle pretty quickly and you will be right back into routine before you know it! Have an amazing new year everyone!!!!