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If you’re moving to the North Jersey area and have a child that will need to attend daycare, it’s important to keep in mind that any type of change like this can be difficult on little ones. Not only does the child have to cope with a new home, but he or she also has to deal with the challenge of going to another new place during the day.
Here is how you can help make things easier when transitioning to Hoboken daycare.
Make an appointment. Pick up the phone and give River School a call to schedule a good time for you and your child to visit it together. Let your child look around and explore a bit as well as meet the teachers and other children, which can make that first drop-off day a lot less stressful.
Tour both schools. By exploring both NJ River School locations, on Newport Parkway and at Exchange Place in Jersey City, it will give you a chance to choose the very best Hoboken daycare option for you and your child.
Talk to your child. No matter what age your child is, talking to him or her about the change before it happens is important. You might consider reading books about children who are attending a new school or daycare, or even playing “pretend school.”
Meet other families with children who attend the school. Meeting some of the other children who are already in Hoboken daycare or even setting up a playdate can help your child make friends before that “jittery” first day, which will help him or her feel much more relaxed.
Walk or drive the school route. Before that first day, be sure to walk or drive the school route to determine the commute time. The last thing you want to do is become stressed out about being late to work, as your child will pick up on that tension and is much more likely to become upset after being dropped off. It’s always a good idea on a first day to leave some extra time, just in case.