Nine Tips for Helping Your Child Transition
Entering preschool is a big step for any child. Parents and teachers can help children adjust by anticipating their needs and preparing them for their new school environment.
Here are some practical approaches to making the transition as stress-free as possible for the entire family.
1Prior to your child’s first full-day of attendance, we encourage you to visit the center and bring your child with you. This “peek visit” will give your child an opportunity to meet their teachers and their classmates.
2Be sure and let your child’s teacher know what kind of childcare your child has received in the past. It would be helpful for us to know if they’ve never been in a daycare setting before. As well as, it's helpful to know any likes or dislikes that may help them to adjust.
3If at all possible, we suggest that your child’s first day of attendance be limited to one half day. If half a day is not possible, then it’s good if you can limit the day as much as possible.
4Please feel free to bring a comforting item from home for your child. It could be a favorite teddy bear or doll.
5For the first week or two, please leave plenty of time for you to drop your child off in the mornings. Not being rushed will spare your child the added stress of having to “hurry-up.” However, we also ask that you don’t overly linger in saying good-bye. Prolonging the inevitable will only add to your child being upset.
6Resist the temptation to sneak out the door the second your child looks the other way. Although you may manage to avoid seeing your child cry when you leave, you're likely to end up creating an even bigger problem for yourself. Now that you've exited once, your child may rightly conclude that you're likely to sneak out again. This fear can lead your child to become extremely clingy, and undermine their trust in you.
7When leaving the center, keep a smile on your face, even if your child is crying, and reassure them that you will be back again at the end of the day. Of course, you also want to validate your child's feelings by letting them know that you understand that it's tough to say goodbye (you'll miss them too!), but that you'll be back to pick them up at the end of the day.
8Avoid making other changes to your child's routine while they're getting used to a new day-care arrangement. That may simply be too overwhelming for them. You may want to hold off on moving them from a bed to a crib or adding a new puppy to the family until your child is a little more settled into his new routine and better able to cope with these added changes.
9And finally, please feel free to call the director as much as you desire for assurance or for an update on how your child is doing - (832) 569-5257.