3 steps to a smooth transition back to work after maternity/paternity leave
Returning To Work After Maternity or Paternity Leave (From Your Infant, Toddler or Preschool Age Child)
Returning to work after maternity/paternity leave is an important transition in a working parent’s life. It is also a huge time for your infant, toddler or preschool-age child’s life. With some forethought, the stress over this transition can be greatly reduced. With these 3 tips, you can plan ahead and make the most out of every precious moment with your child while you’re on leave.
Start Searching For the Best Preschool for Your Infant, Toddler or Preschool Age Child
1. It’s never too early in the game to start prepping for a preschool for your infant, toddler or preschool age for back to work.
If you are a parent who works outside the home, it’s likely that soon after learning that your family is expanding, you will know whether you will be returning to work after you welcome your infant home. If you are, now is the time to start contemplating the logistics. To first time parents, this may seem a bit premature. However, finding the perfect childcare solution or preschool for your family may take some time to arrange.
Begin your research and weigh your options early. It is not uncommon for parents to schedule a tour before their child’s arrival to find the best childcare center for their family’s values and needs. Don’t put off your research until you’re ready to go back to work. You don’t want to find out too late, for example, that your favorite center has a waiting list. The return to work will be much less stressful if you’ve worked this part out earlier, rather than later. The best preschools can have over a year waitlist!
Plan, Plan & Plan
2. Plan your return before you leave.
As soon as you are ready to share the news with your employers about the impending arrival of your new infant, you’ll want to talk about the specifics of your maternity/paternity leave. If you are waiting for the birth of a new baby, you will have some idea of the timeframe you will be looking at for return to work. Of course, there may be unforeseen variables involved, but at least you’ll have some idea of how long you will be off and when you plan to return. Working things out with your employer ahead of time will eliminate having to worry about it while you’d rather be spending time bonding with your child.
Practice The Routine
3. Working parent dress-rehearsals.
To decrease the stress of returning to work after maternity/paternity leave, give yourself a couple of dress rehearsal days. Involve your infant, toddler or preschool in their dry run. Doing so will give you an idea of what your new daily routine will look like. Go through the entire routine and get in your groove before it’s the actual day of your return to work. If possible, you may want to have your child start attending the childcare center or preschool you chose for a couple of days before your actual return to work date. That way, you will be comfortable with the new routine before you begin adjustment back into your work-life.
Growing Brilliant Preschool can help you make a smooth transition back to work. At Growing Brilliant Preschool, we understand what it’s like to be putting your child into someone else’s care for the first time. We go to great lengths to ensure your child has the best care with the most loving, nurturing, experienced teachers. We want to help you make the transition back to work as smooth as possible. Your peace of mind is important. We are dedicated to keeping you connected and informed about your child’s day. With infant, daycare and preschool locations in Folsom, Roseville, Granite Bay, and Natomas, we have a solution for you. Schedule a tour here to find out more!