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1. If we plan to enroll our child in kindergarten in the near future, in good time let's talk to him about our plans. It is worth to tame every important event beforehand, think through it your own way, hence it is necessary to give our child time for it.
Let's get to know the rookie from a new rhythm of the day and new habits, e.g. getting up early, second breakfast already in kindergarten.
3. Let's talk about children in the family or among friendswho have already started their adventure with kindergarten - it may be worth arranging a joint meeting to get first-hand information, e.g. I really like going to kindergarten, because I have a great time there ...
4. It is extremely important in these first days of the suckler's stay in kindergarten to him positive attitude. We, the parents, convey our enthusiasm to children, so let's try to present the kindergarten as a pleasant place, full of interesting events and adventures, during which there will be no time for boredom.
5. We acquaint the child with the place, with his room, if possible with peers and kindergarten staff, let's take an active part in open days.
6. Let the child actively participate in preparations for being a preschooler (let him choose slippers, sack, favorite toy).
The specificity of the adaptation period in kindergarten
Parting for hours with a child who was always with mum or dad (or beloved grandmother) is also difficult situation for the caregivers themselves. Here, knowledge of the specifics of the child's adaptation period will be helpful. We have to reckon with the fact that this period can last up to about 3 months. It is mainly characterized by the child feeling anxiety (so-called separation anxiety) caused by entering a new, unknown environment and breaking off a constant, close contact with parents (mainly with my mother). Stress related to parting can manifest itself in different ways: sleep disorders, appetite, physiological disorders, abdominal pain, tearfulness, apathy, rude behavior at home. The child feels the greatest fear just before parting with the guardian and a few minutes after parting. In this case, you should be prepared for long hugs, crying or sometimes even a desperate scream of the child. With this knowledge, we know what to expect.
It would be perfect if ours kindergarten made adaptation easier, offering a psychologist on call during the adaptation period. This would calm down many parents and allay their fears. Such a person could help standardize the behavior of parents at home and kindergarten teachers, so that the child had a coherent "educational front". Clear and coherent rules and rules of dealing with children always make several-year-olds find themselves in a new place faster and integrate with the group more easily.
The first day in kindergarten
So what to do when this "first day" is approaching fast? It is worth preparing properly so that the beginnings are important and then the child's attitude to the new place is shaped.