It is hard for both parents and children to be apart from each other. Feelings of fear and loss are common during this period. You know your child best. Think about your child’s nature, age, and prior child care experience when looking at ways to prepare him/her for child care.
It is helpful to create a routine for dropping off and picking up your child. You might want to practice this routine by acting it out with your child a few times before the first day of care.
Establishing a good relationship with your child care provider is important. You should feel comfortable talking about any issues that might come up.
If you suspect abuse or neglect you should contact the Long Island Office of Children and Family Services at 631-342-7100. They will listen to your concerns and look into the situation.
You should also report child abuse to Child Protective Services at 800-635-1522.
As always, feel free to contact us at 631-462-0303 to discuss any questions or concerns.