Preparing for Early Learning and Care

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Preparing for Early Learning and Care

Making Preparing for Early Learning and Care Fun

Joining an early learning and care setting is a big change for your child, as a parent you play an important role in preparing your child for this new experience. Below are some simple strategies to help support this transition.

Talk

Before your child joins the early learning and care service you can introduce the idea in a relaxed manner by:

  • Talking about where different people go during the day.  Why they go there and what they do there.
  • Introducing the idea of him/her going to spend some time in the early learning and care service one day.  Talk about all the lovely things they will do there.
Pretend Play

Now you have talked to your child about all the fun things in the early learning and care service they will go to, you can pretend play the daily routines and activities that your child will do there.  For example you can pretend play:

  • How you will say goodbye to each other
  • Sitting down with friends to eat snack
  • Getting ready to go outdoors to play

Pretend playing all of these things will help your child to make sense of the changes ahead.

You can find further information and key fun activities for you and your child by following the link below:

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Books

Reading to your child will foster a interest in books and help to develop your child’s vocabulary. Reading stories to your child about joining an early learning and care setting will help your child to make sense of the change.  There are many books available in your local library about this transition.  Louth Libraries offer free membership, find your local library here.

Click here for a recommended reading list of books available from your local library.