Knowing exactly how your child is doing at daycare or preschool can be a challenge. In an ideal world, you would have perfect communication with their teacher and your child would be able to clearly articulate everything that happens to them during the day and how they felt about it, but in reality, things are a little more complicated.
Young kids are not always reliable communicators, but that doesn’t stop you from wanting to know about what they are doing and feeling.
Your child’s teacher should communicate to you what happens during a school day – activities and lessons, how your child is doing with potty training, etc, – but they may not be able to communicate with you how your child is feeling throughout the day.
Here are some things to look for that may indicate that your child is unhappy in their current daycare or preschool environment:
Any and all of these concerns should be something you can talk to your child’s preschool or daycare teacher about. Ask them what they are observing at school and ask if they have any suggestions to help make the transition to a new environment easier on your child. If you feel as though the staff of the school is unresponsive to your requests for help or doesn’t communicate clearly with you, this is a good indicator that your child is in the wrong place as well.
As a parent, you want your child to be a happy at school and you should always feel as though you can work with your childcare providers to help your child get to a place of comfort and joy in going to school.