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The First Days At Nursery

Date: November 21, 2013 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: #TheBumpkinsDifference, Parents' Tips and Tricks

First Days at Nursery

This is a guest post from a mummy who has recently settled her child into our nursery.

Leaving your child at nursery for that first day can be really nerve wracking for many parents. You may have spent a full 12 months with your child and that feeling of handing them over to go back to work can feel like a big step. Natural instinct will make you go over senario’s in your head and then some. Our advice is to make sure you have as many settling in sessions as you need before you go back to work full time – and allow plenty of time for them – so that you’re not cramming it all in, in one intense week. These sessions mean you are often close by and grow that trust for your child’s caregiver without feeling the pull of the day job.

Before your child has their first day it is a good idea to spend some time talking about the nursery and preparing them (and you) for what will happen. Getting into a routine of talking about their day is great too as it means they will be aware of you wanting to know what has happened – it also helps comfort you too. Communication is essential when there is lots of change and speaking about it will make that transition more natural.

Go out and buy essentials – let them chose a pair of wellies, coat, sunhat or something else that’s needed for nursery, that shows the transition can be exciting for them.

On the big day…

The best and easiest way to make the ‘drop off’ is to make it calmly and don’t show your child your nerves! Your child may or not cry but be prepared just in case. Take tissues (for you) as you are more likely to cry! If your child does cry, try not to panic. It  is  normal and most children settle a few minutes after parents have left. Most parents call later to check that their little one is settled to find they have been fine all day.

How was your first day of the nursery drop off?


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