July 24, 2012
Change is a part of life. So sometimes, you should expect to have to change your childcare. But saying good-bye is often hard.
Some children face change with ease. Other children may have a harder time. You as a parent can help them understand the importance of old friends as well as new ones.
Think about your reasons for changing care before taking any action, says Education.com. If you are not happy with the care your child receives, check other places first.
Visiting other programs may show you that it's best to stay put. Or, you may decide to go ahead with changing care. Remember, once you have given your provider notice, it can be difficult to change your plans. Take your time in making this big decision.
Education.com suggests parents should give a child care provider as much notice as possible — two weeks at the very least. A month would be better. Telling the provider might be difficult.
Some parents may feel comfortable saying "I will be changing jobs soon. I would like John to go to child care closer to my work. It is going to be so hard to change care." For others, a brief statement is enough.
Here are some other helpful ideas:
Some children get used to a new child care in a short time. For other children, the change is harder. They may cry or not want to go to the new program. You should stay calm and get help from the new provider. Then the change usually becomes a positive one.
After a few weeks, note your child's actions and the way he or she feels. Your child should talk about his or her day. Your child should also be eating and sleeping well at home, being active, and happy. If you are still worried about your child, talk to the new provider.
Children may need some help to deal with the change. Here are some activities your or your child care provider can suggest:
Making your child feel comfortable in a new child care location is important. Here are some ideas that may work for you:
Leaving a child care situation is not easy, even if you have good reasons for changing. However, with some planning, you can provide a smooth change for your child.
If you are thinking about changing child care, Humana can help. Our work-life program provides valuable resources to help you select good child care. If you have access to EAP/work-life through Humana, go to our online resource, Humana.com/eap . Or, you can talk to someone about your needs by calling 1-866-440-6556.