Tips to Deal with Difficult Daycare Drop Offs


Are you struggling with a preschooler who clings to you at daycare or a toddler who doesn’t want to leave the house? Most children go through phases where they are less keen to say goodbye in the mornings – it’s completely normal, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. That’s why the team at Learning Tree Silverdale have put together these tips to help you deal with difficult drop offs.

Before you leave the house, try:

A weekly calendar

A week is a long time in the life of a child, and it can be hard for them to know what to expect on any given morning. Children might wake up on a childcare day and ask to stay at home or even wake up on a weekend morning looking for their backpack!

By creating a visual calendar of the week, you can help orient them and put predictability back into their lives. Use different colours, stickers or drawings to differentiate daycare days from home days and show them where on the schedule they are.

A three-minute warning

Nobody likes getting told to stop what they’re doing mid-activity: not adults and certainly not children. It can be jolting to have to stop playing abruptly and hop in the car for daycare. Instead give them a short warning that it’s coming, even setting an alarm if it helps, allowing them a few minutes to process the transition.

Once you get to daycare, try:

To find the right teacher

Here at Silverdale, we want to make arriving positive, and we know that many children need a familiar, particular teacher to make them feel at ease. If you’re finding drop offs difficult, talk to our team and we’ll help you and your child discover their perfect welcome teacher.

Not to linger

This is a hard one for parents who want to make sure their little ones are settled and happy before leaving but try not to stay inside the centre for too long. Having a parent there can feel a bit like limbo between home life and daycare, preventing your child from getting amongst the fun. Saying your goodbyes in the car and making the actual drop off swift will help.

Keep at it

Drop offs can be difficult, even with all the best intentions and techniques. Most children will go through more challenging phases at some point, but take heart that they almost always recover within minutes once mum or dad is gone.

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