Starting Child Care For The First Time

March 22, 2021

Taking your child to a nursery for the first time can understandably bring uncertainty and a range of emotions for everyone, especially so during a pandemic.

You might have been able to arrange tax-free childcare, planned dropping off and picking up, and explained everything to your child, but no amount of planning and organising can prepare you for the mix of emotions on the first day.

Many parents will find themselves feeling weepy, often due to a child’s who clings to their leg at drop off, or maybe because the child doesn’t make a fuss at all! It can be quite unpredictable and emotional, so here’s a brief guide to that first day.

Recognise your emotions

Separation anxiety is hereditary, part of our biological programming to protect our vulnerable children. When these feelings strike, recognise them and try to put them into perspective.

Build relationships with child care teachers and caregivers

The importance of your partnerships with nursery staff can’t be overstated, it’s the key to your positive experience and an important way to minimise stress.

Prepare for new safety measures

Children may be unprepared for pandemic-era safety measures, such as masked adults and temperature checks. Most children will adapt quickly, but learning about practices and helping your child feel familiar before the first day will be of benefit to all.

Develop drop-off routines

Children need help building routines, as they do not have a well-developed sense of time. Schedule your drop off at the same time every day, sing the same song on your way to check-in, and wave goodbye from the same window. You do not need rigid routines, but they are important for minimising the emotional challenges of the first few days.

Prepare for pick-up

It can be a surprise for parents to find their child has a meltdown at pick up instead of drop off, but it is completely normal. Creating a pick-up routine will also help your child, maybe a snack on the way home, or their favourite music. Keep in mind that the meltdown isn’t because your child isn’t happy to see you, it is just the swell of emotions your child is trying to process.

If you’re looking for a nursery in Manchester city centre, get in touch today.

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22:22 01 Nov 19
Wow!!!! Were to begin.. this is by far the best nursery I could have sent my children too. The staff are extremely... friendly helpful and ensure the children are cared for and they learnt so much. My children settled really well and have both enjoyed being here. Seeing them so happy and always excited for the next day at paintpots Manchester makes me feel so at ease leaving them. They are always involving parents in everything and make you feel like one big family. A massive thank you to everyone who works there and all you have done. Looking forward to extending our family into their welcoming nursery again in the more
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15:20 25 Oct 19
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12:02 10 Oct 19
Lovely nursery. My son went in for 2 days but the staff were great and genuine. Will definitely be returning when I... start my second year of studies next year and my son is 2. Ideal location. Lovely staff. Thank you everyone. You've been greatread more
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20:55 30 May 19
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15:45 21 Mar 19
Staff seems to be very close to children and that is very important. In addition, the nursery encourage children to... engage in messy and sensory play to learn and more
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05:21 22 May 18
Sent my step-son here for over 2 years before he started school. Perfect location, great staff and most importantly, he... loved it. Only issue was the refurbishment of the building taking place, but they even managed to use that as a learning experience and the kids all loved the builders and diggers opposite!!read more
Megan Davies
Megan Davies
12:41 31 Jan 18
I Sent my little girl here from a small baby and watched her grow in to a confident, bright young lady. I could not... praise and thank the staff here enough, they were like our second family. Very relaxed, friendly, homely environment with the children at the centre of everything they more
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12:38 27 Jan 18
I sent my child to this Nursery after having sent his 2 older siblings. I work in the City Centre and they love the... place, they all did. There are staff that have been there for over 10 years, location is fantastic and whilst the recent renovation works have not been ideal, it hasn't affected the care one bit. Somehow, they even find a way to make activities that involve the construction materials. Can't recommend highly enough!!read more
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15:29 27 Mar 17
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