Settling children who are a little unsure of their new environment can be challenging, but it is something our Eductators work on everyday. Each child is different and they have their own way of settling in. Some children cry a lot, and that is ok, it is just their way of communicating and displaying their emotions. Over time, the crying lessens and the children start to feel comfortable in this new place. For some children it takes a couple of weeks, and for others, it can take a month or more. We find that there are children who walk into the centre like they have always been here and they have no trouble settling in and meeting new people - again, they are all different and will all handle new situations in their own way, just as we do. We don't have one formula that works with everyone, we often work out the best way through trial and error.
If you are a new parent who is wanting to start at the centre, we suggest that you come in with your child before their start date and spend some time in the room with your child. This way, they see that you are comfortable in the environment, and they trust your judgement, so this may make their settling in process easier. You are welcome to come in as often as you like before starting to get a feel for the group, get to know the Educators in the room and give your child to build friendships with you close by. Which ever way you do it, please rest assured that we will do our very best to support, communicate and build your chid's self-esteem to give them the tools to feel that they belong here at Bumper Bears. It is ok for mum and dad to cry or feel anxious, again, these are normal feelings which we all go through in our own way. If you need a chat, or a hug, we are always here to support you too. It is a process of change for everyone and it can make you as a parent, feel overwhelmed and anxious. If you have any questions, thoughts or ideas about how we can help your child settling in better, please get in touch, we love to hear your ideas.
Here is a website with more tips: http://childhood101.com/2013/01/settling-children-into-child-care/