Preparing Yourself For Your Child Starting Nursery | Modern Mummy

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Preparing Yourself For Your Child Starting Nursery

When it comes to deciding whether you want to send your child to a nursery, there are so many articles on how to prepare your child for this new chapter in their life. It can be easy to overlook the practicalities of how this new setting can and will impact on your day to day life and routine, especially if you are preparing to return to work after maternity leave.

Ask Around 
Getting some insight and tips from parents who already send their children to nursery is a great place to start. Ask them what they wish they had known beforehand when it comes to things such as the logistics of the nursery run. How did their child react when it came time to get ready to leave or even come home? Being as thorough as possible can really help you prepare a little bit more, especially for things you may not have even considered.

Some handy tips to consider are; 
Allow extra time before leaving and coming home. Chances are, the more in a rush you are, the longer it will take to get ready and leave the house.
Have designated clothes/dummies/bottles/toys etc just for nursery. Clothes that you don't mind getting ruined are ideal. Children go through many different scenarios in a good nursery setting, so clothing they can move freely in and experiment in will take a weight off your mind and also the staff at the nursery.
Be prepared to miss out on things. It's a sad reality that your child will learn many things without you around in the nursery setting. While you may want to be there for it all, you may find this isn't always possible.
Be prepared to celebrate their achievements during their time at nursery as their development will come in leaps and bounds in this type of setting.
Behavioral changes. Sure, this is to be expected anyway as your child grows and develops at any age. But add other children into the mix, and you may find that your child starts to behave differently.
Don't forget, if they are there all day, they could very well be worn out when you pick them up. This will, in turn, affect how they act towards you and others when you bring them home.
Label Everything. This isn't so much of an issue when they're younger, but as children get older, you may find they 'mislay' items anywhere and everywhere. So putting their name in clothes and other items they take with them will help them and staff members keep their items together and out of the lost property box.

Being Prepared at Home. 
Many parents find that as soon as their child enters the nursery environment, they tend to catch a lot of colds and other illnesses as they interact with others. On the whole, this isn't usually something you need to worry about. And in the long run, it will help boost their immune system. However, it will be easier for you at home to be prepared for any illnesses by having a well-stocked first aid kit or medicine cabinet. Consider having the following at home to help you combat and treat any minor illnesses and sickness episodes you may come across - scabies treatment, head lice treatment, children's paracetamol/ibuprofen, antihistamine, soothing lotions for bites/chickenpox, a medicine dropper, cotton wool balls, a thermometer, a cold compress.

Be Prepared. 
While you are getting into a new routine, it may be helpful for you to be as prepared as much as possible. It's no mean feat being a working parent and adding a nursery run into the mix, and chances are, no matter how long your working day is, you will all be tired when you get home of a night. Organisation is key to help you combat this.

Look at things you can do before bed or first thing in the morning before you leave the home that will make your evening run smoother. Plan your meals before you leave home, and as much as possible, have it prepared for when you get back after work or the nursery run.

If your child is hungry and tired after a full day at nursery, having something they can eat as soon as they get home can help things run easier as you settle in at home for the night. Have pyjamas and your bedtime routine ready to go if you know they will be ready for bed as soon as you get home of an evening.

It may very well be that you need to adapt your previous routines to something that works for your new schedule. What worked before may not work so well when you get into the swing of the nursery and/or work run each day. Being flexible on what you do can help you all as a family, settle into a new home life routine.

Try Not to Worry. 
The start of your child's time at nursery can be hard on you as the parent. It may be that you are struggling with your feelings about being away from your child. But honestly, this is perfectly normal.

It is easier said than done, but it is worth remembering that you have no need to worry. You have picked the nursery setting personally and have been to settling in sessions. Try to remember all the good things your child will benefit from this time in their lives. From the learning aspects, language development, social skills, and more, your child will be in good hands during their time at nursery. 

But don't forget, you can discuss any concerns with staff members at any time should you have any issues. You want to feel confident you have placed your child in a setting that will benefit them and enhance their learning and social skills. If the nursery provider is unaware of any issues, you are within your rights to bring this up with them at pick up or drop off to make this time easier on you and fun for your child.

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