Following the last few months which have thrown everyday life into turmoil, it’s fair to say that many of us are doing what we can to make the most of the summer holidays and time with our little ones before they embark on the next stages of their education journeys in September (all being well).
Staring nursery marks the beginning of a new phase in children’s development – but for both children and parents, taking those steps for the first time can be quite nerve-racking. If you’re a parent of children with different ages perhaps you’ve been through the nursery experience before, so you know some of the things to expect. Or maybe you’re a first-time parent who is about to experience this milestone?
Whatever your circumstances, at Happy Hearts Nursery we believe that sending your child to nursery should be a positive and fulfilling experience.
We understand that approaching the subject of nursery and knowing how to get your child ready for the next stage can be difficult. But with September fast approaching, now is the best time to start having those conversations – and to help you with this we’ve put together some of our top tips to help you prepare your child for nursery in the coming weeks.
It’s completely normal for both you and your child to be feeling a mix of emotions including excitement, apprehension and maybe even a little sadness. Here are some of our top tips to help make the transition from home to nursery as smooth as possible:
To prepare you and your little one mentally and emotionally for the change, the best thing you can do is arrange a visit to the nursery – after all, this is where your child will be spending a lot of their time. So it’s best you help them to get used to these new settings by taking them along to meet the nursery school teacher, show them their classroom and where they’ll keep their belongings, and also talk to them about what they can expect each day.
At nursery children will be encouraged to engage in various activities and will be expected to play with and respect the other children as well as the environment they are in. Giving your little one some pre-nursery tasks at home in the run-up to their first day can reinforce those messages about manners, politeness and respect. This is also a great way to build up their confidence and independence.
Speaking about nursery in a positive and uplifting way can help your child to understand that going to nursery is an adventure to look forward to and not a negative experience to be feared.
If your little one is an only child, suddenly being put with a group of other children at nursery might come as quite a shock! Before your child starts nursery it would be a good idea to set up socially distant play dates with children of similar ages, or have your child attend local toddler groups to get them used to the idea of being around other children, sharing toys and taking turns.
Finally, the most important thing you can do as a parent is to stay calm! It’s important to remember that children are very receptive to their parent’s reactions and they are likely to pick up on any feelings of anxiety you may have. Staying calm no matter how your child reacts in the days running up to nursery or on their first day will demonstrate that you are there to support them despite the changes which may seem strange and uncomfortable at first.
It’s worth remembering that each child will respond to nursery life in their own way – for some it takes a few days and others a few weeks, but this is normal.
At Happy Hearts Nursery we firmly believe that a positive, happy nursery school experience is a wonderful springboard to an enduring love of learning and a happy school life. We aim to guide children towards the goal of realising their full potential and becoming well rounded individuals capable of making their mark in the world. At Happy Hearts Nursery our doors are always open for parents to ask any questions, but we also have a dedicated settling in period at the end of each term.
We’re delighted to announce that we are accepting new children to join Happy Hearts in the autumn term. If you’d like to find out more about a nursery place for your child in the Kensington and Chelsea area of London, please get in touch either by completing an enquiry form on our website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.