Dropping your child off to kindy or childcare can be hard. We get it!
If you’re feeling rushed or your child is upset, drop-off time doesn’t always run smoothly.
To make drop-offs easier and a better experience for both you and your child, here are 5 simple steps that you can introduce to your morning routine.
Routines are likely to be something you already practice at home. You may read a book with your child before bed, or get dressed following breakfast each morning. Routines provide your child with the opportunity to feel secure and know what to expect.
Establishing an arrival routine for your child at kindergarten or childcare can help them to feel calm and secure each morning. It also makes them more aware of what the next step is as they transition from being in your care in to the care of Cubby Care educators.
Arrival routines will be different for every family, and that is okay. What is important is being consistent with your routine and involving your child.
An example arrival routine may include greeting your Cubby Care educator, putting your child’s personal belongings away, then walking them to their first activity of the day with a positive attitude. Morning routines at kindy ensure that children feel welcome and create a sense of belonging.
Many children own an item that bring them a sense of comfort. These items can be referred to as ‘security objects’ and may include a blanket or toy. Using a security object can be a great tool when transitioning children from home to kindergarten or childcare.
If your child has a favourite item from home, bring it to kindergarten or childcare with them. It will act as a little piece of home and may help reduce feelings of uneasiness towards leaving your care.
Talking through kindergarten or childcare drop-off with your child will greatly benefit them. Don’t surprise your child while driving to kindergarten, make sure they know well before time what their plans for the day are and talk about it in a calm manner.
When it’s time to leave in the morning, don’t sneak out the door. Let your child know you are leaving and say goodbye. If they become upset due to the separation, don’t overlook their feelings, let them know that it’s okay to miss you. By supporting your child’s feelings you are helping them to understand their emotions, reinforce your bond and help them develop resilience.
We encourage families to take as much time as needed to say goodbye to their child.
In the morning spend time together discovering the centre, doing an activity or talking to your child’s Cubby Care educator. This will help your child to become familiar and comfortable with the environment.
We understand that every child’s attitude towards drop-off time is going to differ. While some children may find leaving their parent and exploring a new environment exciting, others may find it daunting and stressful. Please discuss any concerns you have with your Cubby Care educator and let them know the routine you have in place. This way, they’ll be able to give you some strategies and a helping-hand in making the transition from home to kindergarten as smooth as possible.