ERIC Number: ED423980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Beginning Child Care Fact Sheets.
These six fact sheets from Child Care Aware are designed to help parents ease their children's transition to child care. The first fact sheet, "Before Your Child's First Day," discusses tips such as: (1) "prepare your child"; (2) read and look at picture books about child care; and (3) "prepare yourself." The second fact sheet, "First Day Tips," offers these tips: (1) plan to spend extra time; (2) plan to stay a while the first several mornings; (3) "plan shorter days for your child to be away from you"; (4) "call if you will be late picking up your child"; (5) try not to be in a rush to go home; and (6) things to remember to take on the first day. The third fact sheet, "Introducing Your Child to the Child Care Provider," suggests: (1) "take your child to visit the new provider"; (2) "invite the new provider to your home"; (3) "spend time in your child's classroom"; and (4) activities especially for children under age 3. The fourth fact sheet, "Helping Your Child Adjust to Child Care," offers this advice: (1) "your child may take several weeks to feel comfortable at a new child care place"; (2) "if your child is between 6 and 12 months old, he or she may begin to cry when you leave"; (3) some children refuse to eat or nap at first; (4) "try not to make any major changes in your child's life"; and (5) ask other parents how they helped their children become used to child care. The fifth fact sheet, "Choosing Someone to Care for Your Child at Home," offers tips such as (1) "choose a person with whom you can talk easily"; (2) "choose a provider who understands and loves your child"; and (3) "choose a provider who keeps your child clean and comfortable". The sixth fact sheet, "When Friends or Relatives Care for Your Child," offers advice such as: (1) "be sure your friend or relative really wants to care for your child"; and (2) "choose a friend or relative with the same good qualities that you would look for in any other kind of child care". Each fact sheet contains suggested readings and references. (EV)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Caregiver Child Relationship, Children, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Parent Materials, Parent Role, Readiness, Transitional Programs
Oklahoma State University, Cooperative Extension Service, 104 HES, Stillwater, OK 74078; Web site: www.okstate.edu/OSU_ag/oces/parenting/
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater. Cooperative Extension Service.