7 SMART THINGS TO DO BEFORE HER FIRST DAY
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.