Sending your child to nursery is a big step for you and your child and as a parent, it is natural to have concerns. Plus, you’re not alone, as nine in ten parents feel anxious about putting their baby in a nursery. This may have left you wondering, should I send my child to nursery?
At Little Angels, we aim to make the transition as smooth as possible to put your mind at ease. Here are some common fears about sending your child to nursery and why you shouldn’t worry.
What If My Child Gets Upset When I Leave?
It is very common for children to get upset when saying goodbye. The settling in process can often be long, but it is important to start preparing your child to cope when you are not around, especially when it comes time for them to start school.
More often than not, children are not upset about being at nursery and not long after you are gone, they will be playing happily.
To make the ‘saying goodbye’ process easier for you and your child, try not to drag it out for too long. It is also important not to go back for one last hug or kiss after leaving, as this will confuse your child and will set the expectation that you will be back quickly.
Instead, carefully explain that you’re about to go and you’ll be back to pick them up when the day is over. If your child sees that you are fretting, you’ll make them feel uneasy about the whole experience. So, it is important to keep smiling as you wave them goodbye.
What If They Don’t Get Along With Nursery Staff?
You may be worried that your child won’t get along with the nursery staff. However, at Little Angels, we ensure that children get to know all of our staff so they are never left with an unfamiliar face.
To help your child have trust in the nursery staff, you can lead by example. Interacting with the nursery staff in front of your child will show them that you trust them. You can also introduce them to the staff yourself to make them feel more comfortable.
However, rest assured that all nursery staff have your child’s best interests at heart. The more information you give us about your child, the better time they will have. Tell us everything from their likes and dislikes to what foods they eat and when they tend to sleep. This will help us make their time at nursery the best it can be!
What If My Child Doesn’t Make Friends?
It is natural to worry about your child making friends at nursery. Some children will make friends naturally, but others can need a nudge in the right direction. However, it is important to remember that nursery is the perfect environment for your child to start learning social skills.
At nursery, your child will join group activities, and also have the opportunity for free play. Nursery staff are very attentive towards who your child gets along with or would like to be friends with, so one way they help your child is by putting them in the same group.
For peace of mind, try attending playgroups with your child to help them practice socially when it is safe to do so. You could also set up playdates with other children from the nursery.
There are plenty of parents or guardians at Little Angels who love to socialise with each other and arrange fun activities for their little ones outside of nursery. This is a great way to boost your child’s social skills.
What If My Child Misbehaves?
If your child throws tantrums at home, you could be worrying that your child might misbehave at nursery.
Our nursery staff are well trained in behaviour management and know-how to approach your little one if they do misbehave. Of course, we do so in a nurturing environment.
If this is a big concern for you, then it is always best to talk to the nursery staff. Let them know what you think your child may be like and ask how they deal with bad behaviour.
What If My Child Does Not Learn Everything They Need To?
Nurseries follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework which outlines seven key skills that your child will learn.
The most important thing your child gets out of this learning curriculum is that they will be prepared to start reception.
If you are worried about your child getting behind, nursery staff will be more than happy to update you on your child’s progress and give you advice on what you can do to help at home if required.
What If I Can’t Cope As A Parent?
It’s natural to feel upset about being away from your child, or even guilty for leaving them in someone else’s care. We recommend planning something fun to keep you occupied during the first few days – perhaps even with a fellow parent – to prevent you from worrying.
You may feel anxious about not being there with your child and even worrying about if something happens. This is why it is important to pick a nursery that you think is a good fit for you and your child.
Getting to know the staff can ease your worries and we love getting to know all of our parents. Remember, your child is in the hands of childcare professionals, who want your child to be happy and cared for.
If you are concerned about something happening in your absence, remember that you will always be contacted if there is a problem with your child. Rest assured, the staff at Little Angels will help you leave your nursery fears behind.
More About Little Angels
At Little Angels, our team members are committed to providing the highest quality care and development for your child. If you have any further concerns, we would be happy to chat with you.