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Our son has just turned 3 and has started getting upset at childcare when other kids are noisy and boisterous, particularly inside where it echoes. He’s an only child, but is certainly noisy himself at home when he’s having fun – just doesn’t like other kids’ loud noise. His childcare centre is not concerned about any other behavioural issues and his speech is great, but they may move him to a quieter room. I’m just hoping he’ll grow out of it. Any advice?

Posted anonymously, 1st April 2016

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  • Keep working with the child care centre to have his individual needs met. If it is really distressing him you could get him some children’s ear muffs. Child care can be such a contrast to home life.

  • My child was the same. She found daycare noises overwhelming (esp when lego or bricks crashed). The teachers were great when we told them, they made sure if she was feeling unsure / overwhelmed she could stand near them or hold their hand. They would often anticipate if there would be noisy tasks and swap her to be outside at that time.

  • My son is the same! More so he is scared of loud noises. I try to tell him he is safe and his teachers will protect him. No advice really just empathy.

  • mine (a girl) was the same – the kindy was great – kept her near enough to activities to join in if things suited her – staff understood the different needs of only children and were very happy to not make her feel isolated. Your child might suit an older room where the activities are more kindy based and a little quieter – I say this as he is more used to adult interactions. From my experience, he won’t “grow out of it” as such, rather, the other kids will grow up. Mine really enjoyed Pre-Primary, but but took until 1 for her to thrive – thats when their behaviour is fully appreciated and things become much quieter.

  • I wouldn’t worry just yet but make sure he is having his needs met. Can he tell you what is bugging him? Does he need a nap? a reassuring hug? more ‘contact’ with an adult rather than unpredictable scatty peers? can he get outside and be near nature if he wants? a quiet room sounds fine if that is an option? or maybe more structured noisy stimulation, like making music, where more boisterous kids have to learn to take their turn.

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