My child is worried about the thought of going back to nursery – what can I do to help?
Speaking to your little one about how they’re feeling before going back to nursery can really help you both. If your toddler doesn’t talk about their feelings much, there are tips that can help toddlers open up – some like to draw while they talk, others talk best when out for a walk, some like it if you sit down at their level. Whatever you try, it’s good to know where their little head’s at about going back to nursery.
There are also some great books out there which can help you chat to your wee one about their feelings - check out the Scottish Book Trust’s top books for helping your wee one deal with change. This PDF from the NHS also has some helpful tips and activities you can do with your child to help them feel calmer.
If they’re feeling worried about going back, it might help to reassure them that lots of people probably feel this way at first. You could remind them how exciting it will be to see their friends, play games, and start learning fun things together again.
What can I do if I’m feeling anxious and stressed too?
Your child can pick up on how you’re feeling, and this may make them worried about talking to you about how they’re feeling. So it’s good to remember to take time for yourself – even if it’s just a few minutes in a quiet, relaxing spot to get a little breathing space.
After everything that’s happened this year, it’s also natural to be in two minds about your little one returning to nursery. On the one hand, you might be feeling nervous about being away from each other after so much time together. At the same time, you might have a sense of relief about not having to juggle so much when they do go back.