Mother & Baby (Australia) - - New Beginnings -

1 Cre­ate a good­bye rou­tine, so you’ll both be well prac­tised be­fore she starts. Make it short, but in­clude a kiss and a hug, or a fist bump if your tod­dler wants!

2 Make a hello rou­tine too, to re­in­force the mes­sage that you’ll be back. Have fun try­ing out silly ways to say hello, such as swing­ing her through the air like a rocket.

3 Or­gan­ise some play dates with other chil­dren start­ing nurs­ery at a sim­i­lar time to yours. Ask the child­care di­rec­tor if she’s happy to pass on your tele­phone num­ber to mums of other new starters.

4 Get the day­care fairy to pay a visit. Ex­plain to your child that the day­care fairy is very ex­cited that she’s start­ing, then leave a present of a new back­pack on the table.

5 Cre­ate a photo wall at home. Ask the child­care cen­tre if you can take pho­tos of the build­ing and rooms. Stick these up and talk about them ev­ery day, so the set­ting is fa­mil­iar to your child by the time she starts.

6 Bake cakes the day be­fore but ex­plain they’re spe­cial cakes that can only be eaten when she gets home from

day­care. This gives your lit­tle one some­thing to look for­ward to, and will pro­vide a good dis­trac­tion dur­ing the day.

7 Chat about what will hap­pen. Read­ing I'm Start­ing Nurs­ery: A Pi­rate Pete Book (avail­able from www.bookde­pos­i­tory.com. au) to­gether will steer the con­ver­sa­tion and she’ll love the ‘cheer­ing but­ton’ on each page.

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