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The first day that your child attends preschool can be very tough on both the children and parents. It will likely be the first time that you and your child have been away from each other for a daily set period of time, and it can be just as nerve-wracking for a parent as it is for the child. However uncomfortable this feeling may seem, it is something that parents and children must get used to as a daily routine, and one that will continue through the years.
We’ve put together this brief guide so that you can know what to expect on the first day that your child attends preschool to help try and alleviate some of the anxieties. It helps to be prepared as much as possible for this day ahead before sending your child to preschool day care in Brisbane or in your local area.
Your Child Might Cry
If this is the case, don’t worry. It’s almost bound to happen, and perfectly natural for children of that age going through something like this. Remember that this day might seem traumatic for your child, but it’s also a great day of taking responsibility. Wonderful things will follow this day.
Your Child Is Curious
What you need to bear in mind is that if your child does cry, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t want to go in. In fact, it is likely to be the very reverse – your child is extremely curious and has been looking forward to this big day because they know themselves that it’s a huge step to growing up. The reason they are crying is that it is an unknown world to them, it is fear and anxiety taking over. They’d prefer to stay at their mother’s or father’s side, but they also have to ‘take the leap’, and this is very much part of their first day at school.
You’re Leaving Your Child With An Expert
You need not worry. Every preschool teacher is trained to deal with this moment; in fact, they’re probably better prepared for it than the parents are. You are leaving your child in good hands – those of a well-trained professional. You do not need to feel bad from walking away and leaving your child there for the day, even if they are crying.
Your Child Might Not Want To Go Back After The First Day
This is a perfectly natural response from any child. Their routine has been shaken up in a big way. No longer are they left to play at home, but from now on they know that they are going to be brought to school every day, a place full of rules, books, and structured times. Don’t worry; there is nothing wrong with the school or the teacher, it’s just that your child needs some time to get used to the new routine. After that, they will flourish in their new learning environment.
No matter how much trauma is endured, just remember it’s only a single day. However, this is one of the most important days of your child’s life. It really is a step towards adulthood, and every child must go through it. It is time for your child to grow and develop, and aside from taking steps to receiving substantial primary education, it is also an opportunity for them to make new friends, meet new teachers, and begin to integrate into society fully.
It is time for your child to shine, so go ahead and make this one of the best days of their childhood!
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