15 Tips To Prepare For The First Day Of Daycare

It’s the day parents look forward to and dread at the same time, their child’s first day of daycare. You are excited because your child is growing into a little human but you are also nervous in leaving them with another human. Getting ready for the first day can be stressful on parents and kids alike, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 15 tips to prepare for the first day of daycare.

15 Tips To Prepare For The First Day Of Day Care

Tips To Prepare For The First Day Of Daycare.


       Tip #1:Explain the schedule-When children know what’s going to happen, it makes them feel better. As a former day care teacher, if a new child was upset I would respond like this. “I know you’re upset Sadie and miss your Mommy but it’s okay. We are going to have a great time today. We will continue to play for awhile, then we’ll have breakfast, after that we will have circle time and play some more. Next we’ll eat lunch and then take a nap. After nap we will get up and go potty and then have snack. Once snack is over we will go outside and then your Mommy will be here.”

       Tip #2: Start adjusting to the new routine-Start getting your child used to an earlier bedtime and wake up time.

      Tip #3:  Visit the center-Take your child to the center so they can look around and meet their teacher and classmates.

      Tip #4:  Make sure you are both comfortable with the teachers- Ask your teachers lots of questions and pay attention to how your child reacts to their teacher. It is normal for them to be shy or quiet at first, but pay attention over the coming weeks to their interaction.

      Tip #5: Purchase something special for your child-Starting a new chapter can be both scary and exciting for children so buy them something special to mark the occasion. Boys can get a new backpack or character shirt while girls can get a new outfit or cute pair of shoes.

15 tips to prepare for the first day of daycare

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The Day Of.

Tip #6:  Take plenty of time- Wake up early and allow you and your child plenty of time to get ready. Compliment them on how they look, take time to eat breakfast with them and address any last concerns about their day.

Tip #7: Add a memento of home-Add a family  photo or a favorite stuffed animal to their backpack or cubby so they can look at it if they become upset.

Tip #8: Arrive early-Kids like to spend a little time with their parents in the morning so make sure you arrive early. Let your child talk to you about what they see in their classroom or even show you around.

Tip#9: Come up with a goodbye routine-Since children thrive on routine, come up with a goodbye routine for each morning. I have seen parents use a sequence of hugs n kisses, a positive affirmation (I was never in day care but my Mom always used to tell me “You’re beautiful, you’re smart, and I love you.” everyday before I got on the bus.) or a combo of high fives and fist bumps.

 Tip #10: Treat yourself-This can be a stressful day for everyone so treat yourself on the way to work. Stop by your local coffee house and order that grande iced peppermint patty coffee with whole milk and whipped cream or two of those super indulgent donuts that you love. 🙂

End Of Day.

Tip#11: Establish a going home routine-Sometimes your little one can be wound up at the end of the day after playing with his or her friends so establishing a going home routine is important. This can be as simple as greeting your child with a hug, grabbing their stuff out of their cubby, having a brief conversation with their teacher and then leaving.

Tip#12: Arrive On Time-This is crucial for at least the first two weeks of daycare. It is important that your pick up time stays consistent. Children get very anxious when they are waiting on their parents past normal pickup time.

Tip#13: Plan something special at home-In honor of the first day at daycare, serve your child’s favorite meal, watch a favorite movie, or go out for ice cream.

Tip#14: Extra bonding time-Spend some extra time with your child in the evening. Play a favorite game together or read an extra story.

Tip#15: Ask your child about their first day-Make sure you ask your child about their first day and really listen to what they tell you. If there is anything you need to talk to his or her teacher about, make a mental note.

As a former day care teacher, I hope these tips are helpful to you. The less stressed you and your child are, the better.  Use all 15 tips to prepare for the first day of day care or just the ones that resonate with you and your family. Using these tips to prepare for the first day of day care will help establish a great first day for you and your child.










Getting To Know Your Students Questionnaire.

Have you ever started a new school year or had a new student and wondered what is the fastest way to get to know them? How about a getting to know your  students questionnaire that they can fill out with their parents. Once you have collected all the questionnaires, put them in a binder of clear plastic sheets for future reference. This way they won’t rip or tear and if anything gets spilled on them, they won’t get damaged. There can be tons of questions to ask to get to know your student better, here are some to get you started.

Getting To Know Your Students Questionnaire.


  1. What are your child’s strengths?
  2. What are their weaknesses?
  3. Do they like school in general?
  4. Where do they struggle?
  5. Do they have any fears about school and what are they?
  6. What upsets them?
  7. What frustrates them?
  8. What are their interests?
  9. How does your child get/stay motivated?
  10. What are your concerns/goals for your child?
  11. What helps your child when they are frustrated/stressed/upset?

How Does This Questionnaire Help You As  A Teacher?

This questionnaire is a great way to get to know new students and your entire class in a quick, effective manner. These sheets are great for future reference and for when those who have to substitute teach in your classroom.

Getting To Know Your Students Questionnaire.

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How Does This Help Your Parents?

This definitely lets your parents know that you care and that you are interested in their child. It shows that you are taking the initiative to get to know their family and that you want to help their son or daughter be successful.

Parent/teacher relationships are important and this is a good way to get off to a good start. Take some time to think about the questions you want to add to your getting to know your students questionnaire today and watch the relationships between you and your kids blossom.



Melt Her Heart Mother’s Day Gifts

Once again, Mother’s Day is coming and you are trying to figure out what to do for the significant female in your life. More importantly, you are trying to figure out something meaningful to give Mom from the kids. Here are some ideas for Melt Her Heart Mother’s Day Gifts.

Melt Her Heart Mother’s Day Gifts: Easy Crafts.

Hand print Potholder-Buy a set of pot holders, paint your child’s palm and place it in the middle of the pot holder and let dry. http://terrific2s.blogspot.com/2016/05/mother-day-tea-party-ideas.html


Hand print vase-Trace and cut out your child’s hands from green foam and make a unique flower vase for mom. http://kidfriendlythingstodo.com/2017/04/a-sweet-childs-handprint-vase-for-mothers-day-and-more/


Tickled Pink-Get a pink box or basket and add pink tissue paper and items like a candle, bubble gum, nail polish, candy(nerds),etc. Add a note that says, “I’m tickled pink that you’re my Mom.” http://crazylittleprojects.com/2016/02/tickled-pink-gift-idea.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+blogspot/GkPot+(Crazy+Little+Projects)


Homemade Sugar Scrub-What Mom doesn’t like a day at the spa? Get the recipe here for Lemonade and Raspberry Lemonade Sugar Scrub.  http://www.reasonstoskipthehousework.com/sugar-scrub-recipes/#_a5y_p=3323414


Melt Her Heart Mother’s Day Gifts: Stunning From The Store.

For the Mom who loves luxury.

Melt Her Heart Mother's Day Gifts

Bath Bomb Gift Set-Add a relaxing pop of fizz to Mom’s bath. https://www.amazon.com/Bath-Bomb-Gift-Set-USA/dp/B00MOL4AIQ/ref=sr_1_8_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1493822207&sr=8-8&keywords=Ideas%2Bfor%2BMother%27s%2BDay&th=1

For a more personalized touch.

Create a personalized gift-Make Mom a blanket with a picture of the kids on it or take her favorite photo and put it on a canvas to hang in the bedroom.






Write Mom a book of love.

Knock Knock What I Love About Mom Fill In The Blank Journal-Go through this book with your child and help them answer all the questions as to why they love their Mom.



Whether you choose to make something or buy it from the store, these melt her heart Mother’s Day gifts will endear you to her even more.