As the time nears for you to get back to work, you need to begin preparing your child to transition to day care. Here’s how you can ensure a smooth and happy transition.
By Shashwathi Sandeep
Sneha Sharma's extended maternity leave was about to get over and she had to get back to work. But, there was one little problem. “There was nobody to look after my 8-month-old son as both my parents and in-laws lived in different cities. I really did not know what to do,” she says. Help came her way in the form of a day-care centre in her office. “The day-care was a boon for me,” says Sneha.
Sneha’s experience illustrates how important day-care centres are for working parents, especially those who do not have a support system. A survey conducted in 2015 among 1000 working women in New Delhi and the neighboring areas found that only 18–34% of married women continued working after having a child. This was mainly due to the lack of support system, or familial pressure. Day-care facilities are godsend for such parents.
But, transitioning a child to day care isn’t easy. Priya Krishnan, Founder and CEO, KLAY Schools, explains, “In sending a child to a day care, which in most cases is the first place away from home for the child, the biggest obstacle parents face is make the decision of enrolling the child in day care a guilt-free process. For children, parental guilt, which manifests itself as anxiety, is often infectious, as research shows that children with happier parents find it easier to adjust to new settings compared to those with stressed home environment.” She further adds, “Another issue for parents is to find a place where one can be assured of the physical and emotional safety of the child.” If you are one such parent, here are a few tips to help you prepare your tiny tot for day care without any hassles.
Once your child begins attending day care, here are a few things you need to keep in mind:
With these pointers, you should be able to set up your little one to have a fun-filled time at day care. However, there might be days when your child would be unwilling or reluctant to let you go after you drop him at the facility, but, with time, he will get over this habit.
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