On my son's first day of day care, I was surprised at just how much was involved in the care and keeping of children. Allergies were managed, there was a potty schedule, cubbies were filled, and there were so.many.children. It was bedlam, and the day care teacher wasn't even phased. Meanwhile, I broke out in hives just from observing the odd mix of organization and chaos. Curious as to how it all ran, I was curious about the things a day care teacher wants you to know about the first day of school. I mean, honestly, there's a lot going on.
When you trust your child in the care of others, it can be pretty emotional, but rest assured, these providers are well-trained and only have the well-being and safety of your children in mind. They take their jobs very seriously, training and learning the best ways to encourage your children to grow and thrive both in an out of the childcare environment. They become a part of your team, helping you raise your child and assisting them in reaching those ever-important milestones, so it's crucial that you have an open line of communication and know what the expectations are.
I spoke with several day care teachers and asked them what they want parents to know about the first day of school, because making a good start is an important step in having a great year. Plus, your anxiety's probably at an all-time high — it helps to have some direction.