When considering placing your child into a preschool or daycare program it is always a good idea to visit the child care center and check out the policies that they have in place for their individual location. This will prevent issues if you decide to start your child in the program and give you a heads up on areas that you might need to address before you able to enroll your child. Here are some of the top “Whys” I have heard in my time as a preschool teacher and center director.
Why can’t my child have her pacifier at preschool?
Many parents are no so thrilled to hear that children in most preschool programs are not allowed to walk freely around the room with a pacifier in their mouth. This was a common issue, especially for those that have children under the age of three. The main reason children are not allowed to roam freely around the room with a pacifier is for sanitary purposes and to prevent the spread of germs. Other children may pick up a dropped pacifier and place it in their mouth, only to have your child come back, take it and place it in their own mouth. It may fall on a dirty floor or in the restroom and the teacher may not see it occur because she is in charge of watching more than just your child. Some programs will however let your child nap with a pacifier if you request it.
My three-year old takes a bottle at nap. How come they won’t give him one at daycare?
Most states have strict rules regarding the storage, serving and monitoring of children who take a bottle. This is why most programs don’t allow bottles once your child turns two years of age. Bottles in nursery or infant care rooms must have a proper label that includes the contents and the date to conform to licensing standards. This is to insure that children are not given the wrong bottle. This is especially important if the bottle contains breast milk, which is a bodily fluid. It also might be a source of teasing for a three-year old since most kids that age no longer take a bottle any longer.
My son is four and takes his blanket every where. The teacher said however he cannot have it at preschool.
Personal items from home are usually discouraged with the exception of items for napping, if parents are required to provide them. Personal items might get lost or damaged and usually the school has had you sign a waiver that says they are not responsible for lost, damaged or personal items at preschool. A great way to help your child understand that they can not walk about the playground or classroom with their blanket is to allow the child to bring their blanket or lovey with them in the car and then either leave it in the car for when mom or dad returns to pick them up or have them place their blanket in their cubby in the classroom for use only at nap time. If you choose to use the cubby drop off, don’t forget to pick up the blanket on your way out for the day, or you will face melt downs if you leave it at school and don’t realize until after school hours the item is still at school.
Remember if you know ahead of time that your child has a certain routine, quirk or schedule it is best to meet with the director of the school and your child’s potential teacher to get the answers you need before you start any new preschool or daycare program.