written by Ermelinda Maglione
Blackstone.edu wrote an article about how this situation has impacted children. Some of them have suffered (and are suffering) from anxiety and stress. Since young children are very receptive to the adults’ emotional reactions, depending on how the situation is handled at home, they will respond one way or another.
“It is important for us to remain calm as we teach a new set of clear expectations and routines. This is vital to a smooth transition back to daycare”, they suggest.
One aspect that daycare management should consider is that some children may regress in their education. This is common after extended breaks, routine changes, and high levels of stress.
Blackstone explains that regression regularly occurs more in toileting, eating, and sleeping. They can also present separation anxiety and elevated frustration levels. Try to be understanding of their feelings during these difficult times. If adults are struggling, you could imagine that children could also be having a hard time.
An article by USA Today published in May explored the question “are daycares safe”? In it, they discuss the different measures child care center have had to take to avoid contagion. Still, they also agree that for the parents to work properly, whether they are at home or their job posts, they need to take their children somewhere during the day.
“Temperature checks, hand-washing, and face masks are constants at preschools and child care centers around the country. Class sizes have limits, and some lunchrooms and common areas are off-limits. The safety measures pose a constant reminder to families: These are not normal times”, they wrote.
However, the risk of sending their children to a daycare center is always there. Nonetheless, it will depend on the city or town, if there is an outbreak, and how strict the health measures are at the childcare center.
“For many parents, it’s more than a safety decision. It’s an economic one. They cannot work if they cannot send their children somewhere during the day,” they said.
For this to work in the best possible way, parents and daycare management need to work as a team with proper communication, trust, and with the same goal in mind: stop the spread of the virus.
A tool we suggest you try for your daycare center is specialized software that will help you manage your everyday activities. In these complicated times, you need to have tools available to keep everything organized, make communication with staff and parents easier, and have the children’s data in one place.
Some of the features software like this has that you can use to your advantage are:
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