After many years we have become known as the ‘settling experts’. Transitioning from home or another care environment can be daunting but, with the love and attention your child will receive, they will quickly feel secure and engaged. We make this our priority as it is vital to facilitate their development.
Families are a part of our centre and we work in partnership so that together we can offer continuity and progression in your child’s learning and development. We welcome your input throughout your child’s journey through the centre. The more involved and settled ‘you’ feel, the more your child will settle and thrive at the centre and collaboration is the key.
We believe that by offering a nurturing and caring environment, with lots of cuddles, we are able to accommodate the needs of your child as she/he progresses through the centre. Research shows how important positive relationships are in the development of children and our staff are committed to the well-being of your child.
It’s through relationships that children learn more about their world – how to think, understand, communicate, behave, show emotions, develop social skills and move around.
That’s because relationships let children express themselves – a cry, a laugh, a question – and get something back – a cuddle, a smile, an answer. What children ‘get back’ gives them very important information about what the world is like and how to act in the world… strong attachments and relationships early in life … mean your child is more likely to have better physical and mental health and fewer behaviour problems.
Your Child’s First day at Mindarie Early Learning School
The first day is an exciting milestone in your child’s life. Your child is embarking on a journey that will lead them on many roads of discovery and learning. New situations and change can, at times, be exciting as well as unsettling for all of us. For many children this may be their first experience of separation from you.
We have provided a few suggestions for assisting your child during this time. Remember the educators in your child’s room will be available to provide support and assistance; making your child’s first day a happy day.
- Convey a positive attitude. Young children are aware of your feelings. Your enthusiasm will assure the child that child care will be a fun and exciting place.
- Establish a routine involving both the night before their day as well as morning preparation. Rituals and routines will add predictability and are comforting in unfamiliar situations.
- Bring something from home. This is acceptable and often reassuring in helping the child with the initial adjustment. This item may be a treasured blankie or even a photo from home.
- Clearly state to your child where you will be and when you will return. It may also be helpful to discuss what will happen when you are reunited. (Try not to offer a reward but something you both like. For example, walking the dog, read a favourite book.)
- Maintain a clear good-bye routine. This may include advising your child you are leaving in 3 minutes, a kiss and hug, or a wave from the window. Once you tell your child you are leaving, it is important to follow through. Extending the good-bye with, “Ok just one more kiss, and then I really have to go” tends to heighten anxiety rather than relieve it. Avoid sneaking out, as this seems to encourage children to become less trusting and makes the second day of child care harder.
Again, please know we are here to help make your child’s first day a happy transition and we look forward to an exciting and fun filled year. Welcome!