What should you expect on your child’s first day at Learning Ladder ELC

What should you expect on your child’s first day at Learning Ladder ELC
As parents many of our child’s “firsts” can seem overwhelming, and none mores when we leave them to be looked after by someone else for the first time. Even though, by the time your first day arrives you and your child will have done a number of orientation sessions to become familiar with the educators that will be looking after them, your child may still be a little unsettled and it may take some time for them to get used to their new daytime surroundings and routines.

Take your time with the orientation process

The Learning Ladder ELC orientation process is designed to not only allow you and your child to become familiar with the educators that will be caring for them, but also to ask all of the questions on your mind. Your child’s transition to full day childcare can be made much more comfortable when we understand what their regular routine involves and what their needs will be through the day. Orientation gives us the opportunity to learn as much about your child as possible so we can make this change for them as seamless as possible.

Their first day/weeks

When children first start full time care in a new environment, they may be a little unsettled and unsure of their surroundings. Our qualified and experienced early learning educators are trained to identify your child’s individual cues and personality and help them adjust to their new environment.

Create a routine

We find that children thrive with a regular routine. No matter how many days of the week your child will be in care for, aim to create routine. From their very first day, drop them off at around the same time you will be dropping them off each morning in the future. It can also help to talk with your child about the sort of things they might be doing during their day at Learning Ladder and explain to them that you will be back at a certain time to pick them up. Sometimes with young children it can help to talk about this in terms of meals for example; “I will be picking you up after you’ve had your afternoon tea”, so that they can understand that when they have had their afternoon snack it will be time to go home.

Crying is perfectly normal

Getting upset is a perfectly normal reaction (from both of you), sending your child to full day care is a huge step in your child’s development. Other new behaviours may also present in your child. They may also not eat, sleep or have any bottles or water throughout the day, they may refuse to go to the toilet. These are all completely normal behaviours when a child is getting used to being in a new place with new people and are nothing to be concerned about. Our Learning Ladder ELC Educators are experienced in helping children navigate the changes in their routines.

It can take time

The transition process for each child is unique, most children take anywhere between 2 to 6 weeks to get used to their new surroundings, their peers and their Learning Ladder educators. We believe strongly that open communication is the key to success in this process, and we welcome all opportunities to hear from our parents about how their child is adjusting. During the day you may want to call to check in on how your child is coping, and we certainly encourage you to call as many times during the day as you need to.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child starting childcare at a Learning Ladder centre, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

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