Anxiety often comes from fearing the unknown. Although this might seem like a big issue to tackle, there’s actually a very simple way to soothe you and your child’s emotions. If you can, visit the centre with your child before their first day. Help them find where important things are, like bathrooms and play areas.
Another easy step is to familiarise your child with the centre’s daily routine. Your child will take less time to adjust if they are already practising the settings of lunch, play and nap times.
You can also tell your child stories about what childcare might be like. Read them books about childcare and explain the fun and exciting things that will happen while they are there. Go into detail about the activities they will participate in and the new friendships they will make.
Also talk to them about how it is okay for them to feel sad, frustrated and anxious without you.