You’ve really enjoyed spending time with your baby after the birth. But time marches on, and often you have to face reality and go back to work. Time to prepare your little one for nursery! Between the age of 2 months and 3 years, your child can attend a nursery. Whether you go for a private nursery, a childminder or a council-run group, the question remains the same: how can you ensure your child settles in with no problems? There’s bound to be a period of adjustment, for baby as well as you. You’ll be wondering how baby will cope in this new environment… but don’t panic, a nursery is run by professionals who are there for your baby, as well as you as parents.
Sending your child to nursery involves separation. Planning ahead can help with this transition:
– Accept the idea. That’s easy to say, but not so easy to put into practice. Going to nursery is a beneficial stage in your child’s development. They can learn to socialise, connect with other children, take their first steps towards independence… initially just dipping their toe in! Don’t be afraid to show your emotions. Your child is entitled to cry, and you are entitled to feel sad.
– Allowing your child to spend time with a close friend or family member before starting nursery will prepare them for the routine. It will enable your child to spend a full or half-day without you. Try asking grandparents or friends that your baby knows well.
– Communicate with your child. They may not understand the meaning of the words, but they can still grasp the tone of your voice as well as your emotions. Talk to them to reassure them so that they feel safe and secure.
You will all need time to adapt to the initial time at the nursery. You will need to allow a period of roughly two weeks. This is crucial for your little one as well as you. Try to bear in mind:
– The adjustment period is gradual. The first week, you’ll spend a short period of time together at the nursery, once a day. This is extended during the second week, until it’s plain sailing by the third week. This is just an average. You and your children are all different, so it’s on a case-by-case basis!
– Plan ahead. On the day your child starts nursery, avoid getting ready at the last minute and setting off in a rush. Your child needs to feel relaxed, without picking up on any tensions.
– Don’t forget their favourite soft toy! This is an essential comforter for your baby.
– You won’t be waving goodbye to your little cherub for very long. The separation should be structured, but without dragging on. This is beneficial in the long run for your child as well as you. Even though it’s a real wrench!
– Feel free to ask the nursery staff questions. It’s perfectly normal to ask them things, and provides reassurance for you!
The nursery is divided into three sections: age 2 to 12 months, 1 to 2 years and 2 to 3 years. There are various different activities and routines:
– For babies (2 to 12 months), staff work with your child to fit around their naps, lunchtimes etc. From the age of 6 months, parents are consulted in terms of weaning onto solid foods. But your baby will develop other aptitudes as well as feeding, such as psychomotor skills. Their learning will be stimulated using soft toys, colourful cubes and music etc. Your child is well looked after right from a very young age.
– For little ones (1 to 2 years) and toddlers (2 to 3 years): Activities are developed to encourage them to express themselves and walk. These activities take place with other children. Your child will have great fun dipping their hands in paint, dressing up etc. Older children will enjoy visiting shows or going out for walks, all this in preparation for starting primary school.
Rest assured that nurseries are first and foremost run by professionals. Your precious little ones will be perfectly looked after by qualified staff. They are in the care of adults with a wide range of training who carry out a variety of roles. They are there to look after your children on a daily basis:
– The nursery manager is often also a paediatric nurse, doctor or childcare worker specialising in little ones.
– The nursery practitioner will hold an NVQ in childcare.
– The childcare assistant will have a state qualification.
Within the nursery, one single person is responsible for the relationship between the staff, your little cherub and you. This person will look after changing and feeding your child. When you come to collect your child (the wait will no doubt have seemed longer for you than for your little one), this person will tell you everything that has happened during your little rascal’s hectic day!
The nursery is an everyday adventure for your child. They’ll have all sorts of stories to tell you. It’s a whole new chapter and an opportunity to chat about lots of new things. Fun for both of you!
To ensure your little one enjoys their new adventures to the full, don’t forget they need plenty of sleep. They need to sleep well in order to be on top form the following day. With this in mind, make sure they have a comfortable bed. Galipette furniture provides a few ideas. The brand offers beds that are designed to ensure your child sleeps well. A good reason to decorate your child’s bedroom in a way that’s stylish as well as comfortable.
There’s no denying that your child is growing up fast. Having lived with them right by your side for a while, going to nursery is the first step in building new relationships. You’ll always be there to support and guide them. But one thing is certain: little by little, they’re getting bigger and bigger!