Making Your First Day of Child Care and Preschool Easier

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Whether they’re 6 weeks old or 4 years old, dropping your child off for their first day of child care or preschool can be emotional for both you and your child. Below are a few tips to make your first day at Day Early Learning a little easier.

Before Your First Day:

  • Schedule a visit to the center with your child and introduce them to their teachers and new classroom. Give yourself time to get acquainted with their teachers as well and ask any questions you may have.
  • Start your new routine early. Give your child (and yourself) several days to adjust to a new bedtime and/or wake time and morning routine.
  • For breastfed babies, be sure to introduce a bottle a few weeks in advance.
  • For older children, start talking to them about school and what to expect. Read books about starting school to encourage more conversations about how they’re feeling about starting school.
  • Consider getting older children a new backpack to get them excited for their first day.

On Your First Day:

  • Allow for extra time at drop off. Feel free to spend some time in the classroom with your child. Help them settle in and introduce them to their new surroundings. This is a great time to establish a drop off routine — check them in, put their things in their cubby, wash hands and get them settled into an activity.
  • For infants, spend time talking to their teacher about how their evening and morning went and discussing your child’s needs.
  • Bring in family photos to display in their classroom.
  • Keep goodbyes short and sweet. Validate your child’s feelings and reassure them you’ll be back. Sneaking away without saying goodbye can make it harder for your child once they realize you’re gone, so be sure to say goodbye. When you are ready to leave one of your child’s teachers can give them extra attention, cuddles or involve them in an activity to make the transition as smooth as possible.
  • Teachers will send updates via LifeCubby on how your child’s day is going.

After the first day:

  • Spend a few moments at pick up checking in with you’re child’s teacher about their day. If you have an older child, ask them to show you something they made or enjoyed playing with today.
  • Your child will probably be more tired than usual. First days can be exhausting! Give them some grace during their first week as they transition to their new routine.
  • Allow for extra bonding time with your child, especially if it’s your child’s first time being away from you for an extended time.

If you have any questions or concerns, talk to us! We’re here to support you and your child and we want to ensure your transition to Day Early Learning is a positive one.

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  • Rhianna Hawk
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    I’m looking to enroll my daughter in a child care center soon and knowing what to expect and do for the first day is invaluable right now. Introducing my child to the teacher and classroom before the first day is a great idea; my daughter has a lot of separation anxiety and I think that would really help. Getting her started on the new schedule early will also be super helpful for making sure she’s not exhausted in the morning on her first day.

  • Day care
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    Thanks for sharing very helpful information. Keep it up.

  • swetha
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    Thank you for posting this article about preschool education. How it works and how to behavior in the classes. And it will be good tips.

  • swetha
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    Nice and good one.

  • swetha yamini
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    Thanks for the posting and it is useful.

  • swetha yamini
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  • Sharon Wilson-Smith
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    I like that you suggested introducing your child to their teachers so they can easily be acquainted with the new people around them. This is something that I will remember because I’m planning to find a daycare center for my son. What I want is for him to find it easy to adjust to his new environment because I want him to be comfortable while I’m away. Thanks!

  • Rhianna Hawk
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    I’m going to be sending my daughter to daycare in the coming year, and I really appreciate your tips for making it easier on her; she can get really anxious without me. We’ll definitely take your advice and make sure that we have lots of extra time scheduled for drop off on the first day, and I know she’d love to tour the center before we go, as you suggested. Being able to meet the staff before I leave her there would definitely make her more comfortable, as you said.

  • Olivia Snith
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    I like that you said that your child can be acquainted with their teachers if you will visit a child center with your child. My husband and I are looking to enroll our son in daycare. We want to make sure that our son will not find it difficult to adjust because it’ll be his first time being with other people. I want to ensure that he’ll be relaxed all the time, so we’ll do all your tips.

  • Tim Yaotome
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    I never thought that one way for kids to get used to their child care center is to let them roam around while asking the caregivers about how they take care of them. I can’t wait to tell my aunt about this article. She has been looking for a way to have someone take care of her twins. With your help, we will be safe, knowing that they will be taken care of.

  • Taylor Bishop
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    Thanks for this advice for helping a child their first day of preschool. It’s good to know that you should allow for time at the drop off. This seems really important if you also want to make sure they feel comfortable at the place before you leave.

  • Sharon Wilson-Smith
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    I like that you suggested visiting the center with your child before their first day to make sure that they can be introduced to their teachers. My husband and I are looking for a daycare center where we can enroll our son. It’ll be his first time to be in a different place, and we want to make sure that he’ll be able to adapt to his new environment easily. Thanks!

  • Derek Dewitt
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    My wife and I plan on enrolling our son in preschool this year so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about always saying your goodbyes when dropping them off. We’ll be sure to do he’ll be validated and reassured about going.

  • Sharon Wilson-Smith
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    I like that you said that it’s best to introduce your child to their new surroundings by spending some time with them in the classroom. My husband and I will consider your tip because we want our daughter to be comfortable while studying. We’re planning to find a public preschool where we can enroll her, and we want to make sure that she won’t suffer from separation anxiety.

  • Sharon Wilson-Smith
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    Thanks for pointing out that you can visit the center with your child before their first day so they can meet their teachers. My husband and I are looking for a childcare facility for our son. We need to work because our income is limited, and we want to have the ability to provide all his needs. We don’t want him to feel anxiety while we’re away, so we’ll do all your tips.

  • jenna smith
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    Thanks for pointing out that you can introduce your child to their teachers before their first day to make sure that they can be acquainted with others well. My husband and I are planning to find a daycare for our son. We both need to work to support our son’s medical needs because he has a heart condition. We want to make sure that he can easily adjust to his new environment so we can have peace of mind while working.

  • Liv Smith
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    I like how you talked about talking to our children about school and telling them what to expect. My daughter has a kid she’s going to start taking to daycare and she wants the first day to be perfect. I’m glad you gave us tips on how to achieve that, I’ll make sure my daughter reads this article too, thank you!

  • Jocelyn McDonald
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    My husband and I just had our first child, and your article had some great tips we could use to choose a daycare for her her when I go back to work. I liked how you said before the first day, we should start our new routine early and introduce a milk bottle in advance to give each other time to rest. Thanks; we’ll keep this in mind when choosing child care.

  • Taylor Bishop
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    I wanted to thank you for this advice for dropping your kid off at child care or preschool. You mentioned that it’s important to visit the center with the child so they can be introduced to their teachers and new classroom. This also seems helpful so the child can be familiar with the center as well and learn their way around it.

  • Jack Palmer
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    I like that he said that he schedules a visit to the center and gives them time to adapt and meet the teachers. My son is nervous and excited to go to the nursery for the first time. I will schedule a visit so that she can adapt herself with the new change and not be nervous.

  • Johnny McCarron
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    I love your idea to start your new routine early when you’re preparing for the first day of preschool. I’ll be honest: I’m a little apprehensive about taking my daughters to their first day of school. I might cry more than they do, but I’m excited that they’ll get to learn.

  • Angela Waterford
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    My sister’s child is six weeks old and needs to be left in a daycare center while she works. I think I’ll tell her to schedule a visit to one so that she’ll know if they’re reliable. Thanks for saying that she should allow extra time for drop-off so that my niece will not feel anxious inside the daycare center.

  • Jay Jorgenson
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    My twin girls are going to childcare next week and I want them to be as comfortable as possible. It really helped when you said to schedule a visit and introduce your children to their teachers and new classroom so they can get comfortable with the new environment. Thank you for the information. I’ll make sure to do this so my little girls are comfortable on their first day.

  • Lloyd Bronson
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    My son recently turned four, so my husband and I are going to put him into preschool one of these days so he can get a jumpstart on his education. I like your idea where you mention introducing your child to the faculty as well as the overall environment he will spending his days in so that he may have an easier time acclimating. Once we find a preschool we believe will be beneficial, we will be sure to schedule a tour with our son in tow.

  • Leviticus Bennett
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    I really appreciate your tips for making the first day of childcare easier. As my son gets a little older, I’m beginning to think about enrolling him in daycare. I want him to get used to being social.

  • Lyla Peterson
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    That’s a good idea to schedule a time to visit the center beforehand to give your child time to adjust. I am going back to work next month, so I will need to hire a daycare service for my toddler. I will keep your advice in mind and remember to visit the facility before our first day.

  • David Norriss
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    Taking your kids to meet the teachers and other staff members before their first day of daycare is a great idea. It will make the transition of being with you all day to being with them all day a lot easier. I think all parents should do this because it really would make the teacher’s life easier.

  • Lyla Peterson
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    That’s a good idea to introduce your child to their teachers and classroom before their first day. After taking a couple of years off, it is finally time for me to go back to work next month. I will definitely keep your tips in mind as I prepare my daughter for daycare.

  • Glen
    Reply

    Great tip for First Time Parents, who are looking for some tips for toddlers.

  • lina Z
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    yeah, its much difficult task to drop our children in the preschool. go to strangers, new place not an easy. Thanks for guiding

  • Alina
    Reply

    A true helpful post Thanks .Keep it up

  • Henry Killingsworth
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    My wife and I want to enroll our son in a preschool program next fall so that he can learn how to get along with other kids that are his age. I appreciate the advice you shared on how it is a good idea to keep goodbyes short when dropping them off for the first time. These tips you shared will help us to make sure the first day of preschool goes well when we reach that point.

  • Levi Armstrong
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    I like your tip about giving my child several days to adjust to an earlier bedtime and wake up time about a week before they go to daycare. My wife and I are starting to look for a reputable daycare center near our home that will take good care of our toddler. I’ll share your tips with my wife so we can make sure our daughter is ready for her first day of school. Thanks!

  • Emily Bennette
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    My sister needs to find a daycare for my nephew to go to this August. Thanks for explaining that she will want to consider what type of attention they can give my nephew. I know that my nephew would also want to know what types of things he would be learning there as well.

  • Thomas Clarence
    Reply

    You made a great point when you explained that it is a good idea to make a visit to the child care center before the first day of school. My wife and I would like to find a childcare center for our young twins so that she can return to work again and make some additional income for our family. This tip you shared will help us make sure that our twins are comfortable with the teachers that they will be assigned to.

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