Preparing for day care – the checklist
After spending the first months (or years, depending on where you live), of your child’s life caring for them at home, it’s time to get back to work. Some parents are lucky enough to live in the same town with their parents or know a very reliable babysitter to look after their small one for eight hours, but, if you’re not in this situation, then day care is a perfectly good choice. There are many professional centres throughout the UK and no matter where you live, you can rest assured that your child can be looked after. For example, nursery Hendon options are quite diverse, covering a vast spectrum of subjects and activities. But, after you’ve decided on the perfect nursery for your child, there’s one more thing you should do so you can rest assured that everything works smoothly: prepare some practical aspects. Here is a checklist for what you need to buy or consider before sending your little son or daughter to nursery.
Talk to the teacher
Nursery is not school or kindergarten, but you still talk to the teacher and bring her up to date before your kid starts going to the nursery. Take this opportunity to know the teacher better, ask about his/her methods and give any useful information about your child’s habits. For example, if you child has trouble falling asleep in the afternoon or has trouble making new friends, let the teacher know so they can act accordingly.
Stock up on supplies. A lot of them.
When it comes to nursery, you can never have too many supplies. The weekend before your child’s first day at day care, go to the supermarket and stock up on laundry, spare clothes, plastic bottles, diapers, crayons and other school supplies, depending on the child’s age. You’ll be surprised to see that you child goes through all of these supplies quite quickly, so don’t be afraid to order in bulk, because you’ll use everything anyway. Also, don’t wait to run out of something to repurchase it. It’s better to have more than nothing at all.
Talk to other parents
In your child’s first week at day care, talk to other parents when you get the chance. A little mother-to-mother moment never hurt and besides, you can find out if some of the parents there live near you and maybe help each other out.
Calculate how long it takes to get to the nursery
Do you know how long it takes to get to the day care centre? Take that number and add 30 more minutes, because preparation will take longer than you expect. After all, you have to get your little one dressed and ready for the day have breakfast and deal with the daily conundrums of having a small child, such as tantrums, slow wake-ups, food and potty accidents. For the first day, it’s best to wake up half an hour earlier to have a good start then in time, you will adjust to your new routine.