After weeks and months of waiting, the big day is just around the corner. The day that you never imagined all those years ago, when your child was a toddler and taking their first steps. Now, your child has left school and you want to help them make a great impression on their first day in their new childcare job.
Here’s what you can do to give them the best chances of success:
1. Do they know the route?
Sit down with your child and help them plan their travel arrangements in advance of their first day. Make sure they know the exact location of the childcare setting and which buses/trains they will need to take to get there. No one wants to start their first day late or lost on public transport!
2. Help them choose what to wear
When your child is choosing what to wear for their first day, steer them towards sensible dress options. For instance: flat shoes, a smart t-shirt, jeans and a comfortable jumper. Some nurseries also have their own dress codes for staff, so it is worthwhile checking beforehand.
3. Give them a wake – up call
With even the best intentions of getting up early, your child may still sleep through their alarm. Agree with your child that if you do not see them downstairs at a certain time, that you will give them a knock on their door to make sure they have woken up and are getting ready.
4. Make sure they have breakfast
This will stave off the 10am rumbles and allow your child to better concentrate on all the new things they will need to learn on their first day. If they don’t normally eat breakfast, encourage them to still have something small, like a yoghurt or piece of fruit.
5. Plan for rain
Nobody wants to arrive at their place of work on the first day, drenched to the bone with soggy clothes and hair! To cover all possible weather scenarios (even if it’s sunny) make sure you child packs a rain coat or umbrella in case of an errant shower on their journey.
6. Give them a packed lunch
It might not be clear yet what the arrangements are for your child to eat at lunch time, so cater for all possibilities by packing them something to eat. This will take the worry away from where they need to go if food is not available for them to eat at the nursery itself.
7. Make sure their phone is charged
This will be helpful in case of emergency. For instance, if your child gets lost on their commute and needs to call the nursery or if, due to unforeseen circumstances, your child thinks they will be late.
8. Give them spare change
If your child loses their train ticket, needs to pay for their bus fare, or cannot find a cash machine to use in the local area – it’s always a good idea to make sure your they have taken some spare change with them in case they need to use it.
Lastly, remind them to smile when they arrive….the first few seconds will give the employer a lasting impression of their new staff member.