5 Signs That Your Child Is Thriving And Not Just Surviving At Child Care

The holidays can seem even more stressful if you're working and your kids are out of school. Learn tips for choosing a child care centre for vacation care.

5 Signs That Your Child Is Thriving And Not Just Surviving At Child Care

5 Signs That Your Child Is Thriving And Not Just Surviving At Child Care

28 June 2019
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No matter the type of childcare centre you have your child enrolled in, it no doubt brings you a lot of peace knowing that they are fully settled in and thriving at the centre. Is your child happy at the childcare centre? Here are a few telltale signs that will tell you if that's the case

1.    Happy Faces In The Morning

If your child is happy and excited about going through their morning routine and getting ready to head to the childcare centre, then you can trust they are doing pretty well there. There may be a few mornings here and there where they may act up, but if they are generally happy to head out most mornings, you have no reason to worry.

2.    Active Involvement

Does your child jump right in and get involved in play or any other activity as soon as you get to the childcare centre? This is a good sign that they are happy to be there. You may also want to hear from the caregivers about how actively involved your child is throughout the day.

3.    Healthy Connections

If your child is happy with their surroundings, then forming healthy connections with other children and the caregivers at the childcare centre should come easily. You have reason to worry if your kid stays alone in their little corner and doesn't seem interested in forming a bond or relationship with anyone at the centre.

4.    Happy To Talk About Their Day

While they may not be able to give you a play-by-play of their entire day, it's a good sign if your child is excited to talk about even one aspect of their day. This could be about the story the caregiver read or whatever adventure they got into with their little friend. Always make a point to engage in meaningful conversations about their day.

5.    Easy Pick-Ups

It's a good sign if your child is always happy to see you at the end of the day, but they should also be happy to continue playing. You should worry if they are ever in a bad mood and seem to be impatient about not being able to get away from the childcare centre fast enough.

It may take some time for your kid to settle in at the childcare centre. If it seems they are having a hard time, speak to your child as well as the caregivers about finding ways to help your kid settle in at the centre.

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Finding holiday child care

I wish I got enough annual leave to spend all of the school holidays with my kids, but unfortunately I don't. Luckily some of the local childcare centres run some really good vacation care programs to keep the little monkeys occupied and out of trouble while I'm at work. They have lots of excursions to fun places and they run some fun activities in the centre too so that the kids don't feel like they are missing out during the holidays. This blog has some tips on how to choose a childcare centre with a vacation care program the kids will enjoy.