I’ve been thinking a lot about the emotions that are whirling around all of us as lockdown begins to ease and we slowly but surely begin to venture out of the safety of our homes and into classes and I promise I’m not going to go on and on about Covid security and class protocols. I know, as part of a community of early years activity providers across the UK, that, regardless of what our businesses do, we all have spent endless hours, weeks agonising over every little detail and are now experts in reading Govt Guidelines. I know, whether you are going to be in one of my classes or someone else’s, us activity providers have all done absolutely everything we can to make your experience as safe as can be and we are all feeling both excited and nervous at the thought of returning to face to face classes after so long on Zoom.
What I do want to say is that I would love you to be mindful about your expectations about how both you and your little one might react to being out in a class with other people.
Some of you will relish being out.
Others of you may be nervous.
Many of you will probably be a combination of excitement and trepidation.
You know yourself, so trust your instincts. If you feel happier focusing 100% on your child throughout the class & ignoring the rest of the room, until you feel more comfortable, do. If you want to bound into a room happily waving & shouting hello, do.
We are all different and let’s face it, how to emerge from a global pandemic is not something you can buy a ‘how to do’ book on Amazon for is it?
And the same goes for our children. Each and every Little Bean is unique and will react to being out with strangers, in a strange hall, full of new sounds, sights and smells differently. Some will immerse themselves happily with activities from the first minute. Others will stare transfixed at the other babies. Some might get worried and need lots of cuddles. Some will be watchful and wary, whilst others will be desperate to socialise and get annoyed at being returned to their family pod.
So here are my top 5 tips on how to prepare for your very first class post lockdown
- Read the information about Covid protocols in class, so you know what your responsibilities are
- Try not to worry about the ‘What If’s – there will be baby changing facilities available and breast/bottle feeding is always fine
- If you need to stand up and hold your little bean throughout the class, do
- Don’t worry that you will have the only baby that cries, believe me, they will take it in turns – same goes for sick!
- Don’t worry about your baby/toddler wandering. Gently and consistently bring them back to your family pod
So this week, take deep breaths, trust your instincts and trust me, your class leader to deliver a class that you will remember for the rest of your life – you and your little bean’s first class.
It’s going to be amazing just being together again