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Preparing Your Child for Child Care


Children, like adults, need time to adjust to new situations. Once you have made your choice try to prepare your child for the change. Here are some suggestions:

When Entering Child Care

  • Talk about where the child is going and why.
  • Tell your child about the new people he or she will meet and things he or she can do with them.
  • Visit the family day care home or center together before the new arrangement begins, or have a new in-home provider visit you.
  • Find out what expectations and restrictions the provider might have, such as bottles and pacifiers being restricted to naptimes only; talk with your child about them in advance.
  • Allow your child to bring along a favorite object (toy, blanket, photo) to ease the transition.
  • When you leave, let your child know you are going, and when you will return. Remember that your feelings about the child care you've chosen will have a decided effect on your child's adjustment to the new situation.
  • If it becomes necessary to change your child care arrangement allow your child time to say good-bye to care providers and the other children. You may even want to hold a small farewell party.
  • Collect photos of your children and special people from each of their child care arrangements.

When Changing Child Care

  • If it becomes necessary to change your child care arrangement allow your child time to say good-bye to care providers and the other children. You may even want to hold a small farewell party.
  • Collect photos of your children and special people from each of their child care arrangements.

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