Leaving your child for the first time can be very emotional for both of you. As a nursery nurse I am writing my side of it to help you mum’s, dad’s and carers.
The first day; the first day is going to be easy. Your child will be excited by the new place, the new toy’s and some new friends. Your child is going to be ecstatic to see you when you pick them up. Take your time to talk to their key worker and find out how he or she did and what they played with.
Day two, this might be a struggle, they’ve realised that you’re leaving them there for what seems to them forever. Give them a cuddle, tell them you’ll be back soon or tell them you’re going to work or to the shops. Then walk out the door, hearing your child cry will hurt and it will be hard. But most of the time children will have a cuddle with their key worker and be fine after a few minutes. If you’re worried, call the nursery just see how your child is doing, if he/she is still not settled then they’ll ask you to pick them up and the following day think about shortening the session.
Remember if there are any problems you will receive a call from your child’s nursery.
The next few days and weeks will get easier and easier and before you know it you’ll be walking this happy little child in to nursery.
Good luck and remember, YOU CAN DO IT!