Apr 12, 2023
Four Signs Your Child is Struggling with Daycare
Starting childcare is a huge step for both the child and the parents. One on one hand, it gives the child a chance to explore and to learn how to interact with other children. On the other hand, it gives the parents a much-needed break and allows them to get used to being away from their child for a period of time.
Putting your child into daycare is an opportunity for growth and development for all parties involved. That said, the daycare experience isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. There’s a possibility that your child might not get along with the other children at the centre. In some cases, you may find that the caretakers can’t meet the specific needs of your child.
If your child is struggling, it’s your responsibility as a parent to recognise this and to take appropriate action.
In this blog, we’re going to take a look at a few tell-tale signs that your child might be struggling in daycare.
- A Change in Usual Behaviour
You should pay attention to any changes in behaviour in your children. If they’re usually lively and happy and you notice them becoming more withdrawn, there’s likely something bothering them outside of home. On the same token, if your child is usually well-behaved and reserved and they start throwing tantrums at home, they might be having an issue at the daycare.If you’re noticing such changes, it might be a good idea to ask your child if they’re having any problems at the daycare centre. If possible, you can also ask the caretakers at the centre about any concerns they might have about your child.
Another option is to observe your child at the centre. This will give a first-hand look of how your child is treated, how they interact with other children, how they eat, how they play and so on.
As much as possible, try to work with your provider to address any potential problems. It’s very important to communicate your concerns to the caretakers and to not jump to conclusions.
- Crying When They Arrive in Daycare
For children, new experiences can be extremely intimidating. Because of this your child might start crying once you drop them off at the centre. For most children, this type of crying will typically last for a few weeks.
In most cases, it will stop once they have warmed up to their caretakers and have made a couple of friends.However, if the crying lasts for much longer than that, there might be a deeper issue than just new daycare jitters.
If this is the case, you might want to figure out what your child is struggling with at the daycare. Are they scared of the caretakers? Are they struggling to make friends? Do they not like the food? You should bring these concerns up with the carers and see if you can find a solution. If you can’t, it may be time to find another daycare.
- Hungry and Thirsty When You Pick Them Up
At childcare centres, your child should be taken care of physically, emotionally and, of course, nutritionally. If your child is coming home hungry and thirsty all the time, you should find out how food is provided at the daycare centre.Sometimes, caretakers don’t provide enough food for the children or they simply forget to provide food at all.
If this is happening, you can try to speak with the caretakers or try to find a more suitable centre for your child.
Unfortunately, there are caretakers out there who will sometimes withhold from the children food as punishment for bad behaviour. This is a form of abuse and should be reported to the government if you suspect, on reasonable grounds, that this is happening at your daycare centre.
- Not Able to Control Impulses
Children often act out due to a sense of instability or deprivation. So, if their emotional and physiological needs aren’t being met at the daycare centre, they’ll often act impulsively, throw tantrums and exhibit other challenging behaviours.While it’s normal for a child to lose control from time to time, you should pay close attention if starts happening more often.
Such impulsive behaviour can cause problems at social gatherings and might even lead to harmful habits later on in the child’s life.
If you notice your child showing signs of poor impulse control, it’s important to find out if they are having any issues at the daycare centre. It might also be worth seeing a child counsellor if you believe your child’s behaviour is causing severe problems at school or in other settings.
Your child’s experience at the daycare centre will almost certainly influence their behaviour in one way or another. Because of this, it’s essential that you address any issues that they might be having. If they are showing some of these signs, make sure you’re communicating your concerns with the daycare provider. Additionally, if you suspect that child abuse and neglect is occurring, make sure to report it to the government.