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Reggio Emilia Childcare Centres | Just Enrolled Your Child? Here’s What to Expect in the First Few Weeks of Childcare

If you have recently enrolled your child at one of our Early Learning Centres, it is important to prepare yourself and your child for a smooth transition into childcare. At Reggio Emilia, we understand that settling in can take time, which is why we have a tried and tested routine to help you and your child transition as quickly as possible. In addition to this, it is important to be actively involved in your child’s learning journey with us and continue supporting your child throughout their childcare experience. In this blog, you will learn what to expect within the first few weeks of childcare, as well as strategies to make your child’s experience as positive and meaningful as possible.


Orientation Visit

An orientation visit before your child’s first day lets them become familiar with their new learning environment and meet their educators and peers. It also allows you both to gain an understanding of our routine. This can help everyone settle in as quickly as possible and reduce any stress or nervousness that you or your child may be feeling.

As a part of your enrolment at Reggio Emilia, we encourage families to bring their child in for an orientation visit before their first day. You must book to make sure an educator is available to spend time with you, speak about the environment and routines, and answer any questions you may have. During your visit, an educator will also discuss your child’s routines, requirements, and areas of learning you would like to focus on. It is recommended that you attend the orientation for approximately one hour in the week before your child starts with us. During your visit, make sure to encourage your child to join in any activities and use positive language to create a welcoming and enjoyable experience. To arrange an orientation visit, enquire now.


First Day at our Centre

At Reggio Emilia, we understand that the first day of any schooling can be stressful for both the child and their parents. That’s why starting slowly and working with your child’s educators is important to ensure a smooth transition. If possible, arrive early on your child’s first day, so you have plenty of time to get used to the environment and settle in. It’s also best to make your child’s first day shorter than usual to avoid overwhelming your child. On their first day, you will meet with an educator from your child’s room, who will welcome you and introduce other educators and children. They will show you where to put your child’s bag, how to sign in and out, and key information areas. If your child feels uncertain or does not want to join in at first, don’t worry! It’s completely normal. They may need time to watch and observe before getting involved at their own pace.


Transitioning into a new Routine

Just like adjusting to any change in routine, the transition into childcare can be challenging. It is important to remember that each child is different; some may love it straight away, while others may take weeks to settle in fully. As a parent, it is important to be aware of how your child is transitioning and support them throughout the process. Here are some tips for the first few weeks of childcare:

  • Get organised. It’s helpful to organise as much as possible before a day at childcare. This could involve packing their bag the night before or setting an alarm that lets you both get ready without feeling rushed. If your morning at home is calm, you are both more likely to be calm when you say goodbye. 
  • Don’t rush drop-offs. Stay with your child until they are comfortable. You might want to read a book together or play with other children. As your child gets used to being without you during the day, drop-offs will become easier for you both. It’s also important to let your child know you’re leaving and when you will be back so they understand what’s happening and don’t get anxious when they can’t find you.
  • Be consistent. Consistency is key! From your child’s first day with us, try to drop them off and pick them up at the same time each day. Maintaining their routine at home before and after childcare is also important.
  • Build a relationship with your child’s educator. Your child will feel more secure at childcare if they see that you have a good relationship with the people there. If you show your child that you trust their educator, they are more likely to trust them, too.
  • Check in with your child. Ask your child about their day and what they got up to. This can help them to process and reflect on what happened. By showing interest in their day, you will help your child to form connections and feel supported.
  • Get involved. At Reggio Emilia, there are many ways to get involved with your child’s journey with us. This includes Friday Connections, which is a part of our Licence to Parent Program. Every month, Friday Connections invites you to spend quality time with your child at your centre so you can reconnect through a range of fun activities led by our educators.

At Reggio Emilia, we understand that transitioning into childcare can be challenging for the parents, too! We want you to feel like you’re included in your child’s journey, even when you are physically apart. Our educators are just a phone call away, and always have time to keep you updated. We also document your child’s learning experiences daily through our OWNA platform, enabling you to stay connected and track their experiences throughout the day.


Continuously Supporting Your Child

To support your child on their educational journey, it’s important to be actively involved in their learning and play. This allows you to stay in the loop about what your child is learning and also provide recommendations on how to improve their overall experience with us. After all, you know your child best! 

At Reggio Emilia Early Learning Centres, we encourage parental involvement and collaboration. Our philosophy emphasises the importance of family connection in strengthening the bond between home and school. There are many ways to get involved in your child’s experience at Reggio Emilia, including our Parent Communication Book. Every classroom has a book where you can share your child’s likes, requirements, or suggestions. This enables you to share your thoughts and contribute to your child’s learning journey, which further strengthens the bridge between childcare and home. By working with parents and fostering open communication, we can enhance each child’s learning experience. This allows us to develop a routine that best suits your child’s needs and also extends your child’s learning and development at home.


Transitioning into childcare can be emotional and sometimes challenging for children and families. However, at Reggio Emilia, we are committed to working with you to ensure that your child has the best start to childcare. Our incredible team of educators is here to support your child’s needs and create a learning environment for your child to thrive in. To learn more, reach out to us on 02 9891 2222 or via email at

Reggio Emilia Childcare Centres | Just Enrolled Your Child? Here’s What to Expect in the First Few Weeks of Childcare
Reggio Emilia Childcare Centres | Just Enrolled Your Child? Here’s What to Expect in the First Few Weeks of Childcare