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.