If Montessori daycare is in your child’s near future, you might wonder how to support your child during the transition. Making the leap from in-home daycare to a Montessori environment can be difficult if your child has no preparation. The best preparation comes in small, easy steps that won’t overwhelm your child with change.
Once your child is acclimated to the Montessori daycare environment, they’ll have a smoother transition to Montessori elementary school or another educational setting. And no matter how long your child has been cared for at home, it’s not too late to attend a Montessori school.
Visit the Montessori daycare with your child
If your child has spent most of their life being cared for at home, they’ll be spooked if they’re suddenly left in a new environment. You can make it less scary by introducing your child to the new environment with you by their side. You’ll be the most familiar sight during the visit, which makes them feel less alone. Together, you can interact with daycare teachers and, if allowed, other children.
With a slow and gentle introduction to the new environment, your child will have less apprehension about daycare. There will be less mystery to worry about. They might also look forward to the new experience, knowing the classroom layout.
Introduce time away from home
It can be traumatic for children to suddenly find themselves spending a lot of time away from home. They might feel lost away from their most familiar environment. You can ease them away from viewing home as their primary safe space by scheduling playdates with other children. Have different parents watch over them to introduce the concept of multiple daycare teachers. Your child will become more comfortable in the presence of others, making it easier to attend daycare without feeling out of place.
Teach your child how to express their personal needs
Many experts agree that children should begin developing communication skills as early as infancy. Communication encompasses all forms, from verbal to nonverbal. Younger children who have yet to develop language skills might learn to gesture or make a certain sound when they need something.
As your child begins to speak, teach them how to ask for basic needs, such as using the potty or wanting a sip of water. This makes it easier for them to reach out to teachers who aren’t yet familiar with their communication style. Additionally, you can teach your child how to identify and express their emotions for more specific care.
Your local Montessori daycare center at Hillpoint Montessori
Hill Point Montessori is dedicated to building confidence and lifelong skills, starting from infancy. Our daycare programs are designed for children 6 week to 2 years old. Schedule an in-person tour to learn more, and please note that masks and social distancing are required.