Before The First Day

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I hope everyone had a great weekend!

So you have made the big decision to enter your child in a day care or private preschool. You probably have had a tour of the school and set your start date. Now what?

Most schools will allow you to bring your child in to visit the week before starting. I highly recommend this. Ask the director what time during the day would be best as this could differ depending on the classroom. This visit is the perfect time for your child to meet his new teachers and classmates with the comfort of you still with him. He can began to get comfortable with his new environment without the anxiety of not having a parent with him. His teachers will let you know what you need to bring and show you where to put it when he officially starts. This is also the best time to ask his teachers any questions you may have and I’m sure his teachers will have questions for you, as well. Some of the questions that I like to ask are: Has he been in child care setting before? Does he have any dietary restrictions or allergies and if so, how severe are they? What is the best way to comfort him? Does he sleep with anything special? What will his typical drop off and pick up times be? What are his favorite types of toys?

Hopefully this visit will help prepare you and your child for day one!

*~* B *~*

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