How to Leave a Daycare Center Gracefully

daycare-center-classroomMost parents find daycare centers are the easiest type of daycare to leave.  Daycare centers are used to children enrolling and leaving as part of the business.  If the teachers and administrators are be upset at the news, it means they really enjoy having your child there. Even though this might be the easiest of exits, it is always important to make sure that it is done gracefully.

Make sure that you adhere to the amount of notice required in the enrollment agreement. This is usually two weeks for a daycare center.

It is very important to speak with your child about the upcoming change.  When they have a week to go, make them aware this is going to be their last week.  Your child may want to give something to their classmates, so you can help him or her write up little notes or drawings to give to their friends on their last day. They might also want to make something for their teachers.

Be sure to talk to your daycare teachers and administrators to inform them that you will be leaving.  Some teachers do baby sitting on the side and may offer their contact information. It would be handy to have a good babysitter to use.

When the last day arrives, try to make it a happy event.  Ask the daycare teachers if it would be OK to bring in some treats. If so, try to bring in treats that are healthy and as allergen-free as possible.  Many centers will have little going away party, especially if your child has attended for a long time.  You definitely want to make the last day a happy day with fond memories.  This is much better than dragging your kid out of the daycare kicking and screaming because they weren’t properly prepared.  Remember that this daycare center has been a major part of your child’s life and a transition from this routine can be very difficult for them.  Take the extra effort to make it as easy as possible for a child and ultimately it will make it easier for you, your child, and the daycare providers.

Even though you may never step foot in this daycare center again is very important to make sure you leave on a good note.  Make sure to consider the transition for your child and make it as easy as possible for them.  If you leave this daycare center right they’ll happily accept you back in the future should your circumstances change. It would be nice to be welcomed back to a familiar place.

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