Summer is a time for fun activities, playing with friends, and running around outside. Kids thrive during the summer months, whether they are at home or spending the day at a child care center. However, if your little one has trouble with homesickness, being away from their comfort zone can make it harder to enjoy the fun. In part one of this two-part series, we will give you a few tips that can help your kiddo combat homesickness!

There’s no question that the summer is your child’s favorite time of year, but it can cause some problems if you and your partner work full-time. Luckily, Valley Child Care & Learning Centers makes it easier than ever for you to find affordable early childhood education and child care that your little one will love. With 10 locations throughout Phoenix, you’ll be able to find the care you need in no time at all. Learn more about our programs, and give us a call to schedule a tour today!

Give Your Child Warning

Prior to dropping your child off at a child care center or a summer camp, make sure that you let them know what is going to happen. If you just drop them off without any warning, then it’s understandable that your little one would be upset. Children like to have balance in their lives, and a change in their routine can have a big impact. The best way to avoid the feelings of homesickness is to give your little one time to process the plan before it takes effect. By giving them plenty of notice, your child will be able to think through the idea and what it means for their current routine. Additionally, it will give them a chance to ask any questions they may have, especially if going to a child care center is a new experience.

Help Them Feel Independent

Your child is less likely to feel homesick when you drop them off if they feel more independent. Independence is something your little one will learn over time, and while they may not be at the age to cook their own meals and to be completely self-sufficient, there are little ways in which they can start to gain their independence.

Before your child starts attending an early childhood education program or summer child care program, help them practice their independence at home. Tasks, like picking out their own clothes, brushing their teeth, or feeding the family pet, are all things they can do with little to no parental supervision. Encouraging them to do these things alone will give them confidence in their own abilities and make them feel more independent, and increasing their independence will make going to a summer child care program a piece of cake.

Want to Learn More?

A Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, we are proud to offer early childhood education programs that give your little one the skills they need to succeed. Our programs are designed to challenge your child while encouraging them to try new things and explore the world around them. If you have any questions or you would like to schedule a tour of one of our 10 Phoenix locations, then contact Valley Child Care & Learning Centers today.

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