Experts at Mindchamps Nursery in Dubai shine light on how you can make the transition to nursery easier for your kids
31 January 2019| Last updated on 4 February 2019
You’ve done all the research, visited the nurseries in your area, asked all the questions and decided on a nursery for your child.
But the daunting feeling of leaving them alone is eating you up and you know that it might even be harder for you to say goodbye than it is for your little one. You fear hearing their cry as you walk away and you find yourself doubting the whole decision.
Maybe he isn’t ready yet? Am I being a bad parent? Do I have to leave him? Rest assured, you are not alone!
As an early years teacher with 15 years of experience, I recently experienced this from the Mum point of view for the first time.
And guess what, Mums, after years of giving out advice, I wanted to throw all those rules out of the window when it came to saying goodbye to my own little champ. I’m with you on this one; it can be really hard!
Rest assured, at MindChamps Nursery, we understand your feelings and we want to work with you every step of the way. We understand also that Mums and Dads need support in this transition too and we aim to prepare you for this big step.
Preparing your Child
- Visit the nursery a few times (or as much as possible) before enrolling full time so that your child may become familiar with the environment.
- Meet with the teacher to discuss your child, their likes and dislikes and your concerns.
- Get to know the teacher and classroom staff’s names and regularly talk about them as the starting day approaches.
- Take your child shopping for their own school bag and water bottle.
- Read stories and sing rhymes about starting school.
- Wake up early so you and your child don’t have to rush.
- Make breakfast and, if possible, sit down to eat together.
- Review the day’s routine and talk about how much fun it is going to be.
- Pack your child’s backpack together. Select foods that you know are his favorites. Having some familiarity on his first day is helpful.
- Let your child choose a special toy or blanket to bring to school to assist with the transition.
At Mindchamps, we encourage that during the first week of attending nursery, the child stays with us for no longer than 2 hours a day.
Our first goal is for your child to develop a trusting connection with the teacher and Educators so we provide lots of fun 1:1 play based activities. We build up each child’s attendance gradually and gently, according to their comfort.
We suggest that as your child settles in, you develop a happy goodbye routine with your little champ. This might be a cuddle, a kiss, a high five, a silly dance or a special secret handshake; whatever feels appropriate with your little one.
We ask that you keep your tone positive and upbeat as your child will sense your emotions. Always say goodbye and that you will see them later.
Remember, teachers have years of experience with helping families make the shift. Take the time to talk to your child’s teacher, get to know them and help them to get to know you. This developing bond will support your child to feel secure and will make you feel better too.
It won’t be long before you come to collect your little champ and see them playing and laughing with their new friends, smiling at their teacher and having a wonderful time.
These are the moments that make us realize that we really have done the right thing for our children as a nursery can provide so much for their development and happiness.
Lucky me, I see my amazing little champ smiling and laughing every day and learning so much. I couldn’t be more proud.
Bonita Smith is Lead Teacher at MindChamps Nursery Al Safa, she is a passionate Early Years Educator and nursery staff trainer and the proud Mum of a fun-loving two-year old boy