When your child goes to nursery, it can be emotional for both of you. This may feel even harder during the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s your decision whether you send your child to nursery or a childminder. But childcare can help give your child a routine as they develop their social skills.
Each nursery and childminder will have their own risk assessment. They may be cleaning more and minimising contact where they can. Social distancing is difficult with young children. So the childcare provider may focus on having smaller groups, or ‘bubbles’.
Some nurseries may stagger or adjust start and finish times. This helps keep groups apart as they arrive and leave the nursery. You may also have to drop your child off at the gate or door, instead of taking them in. Check with your nursery for their rules.
Your presence can often make it harder for your child to settle. If you can, hand them over and say goodbye. You can also:
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