It is quite normal for some children to experience some separation anxiety when a parent leaves. This is especially true at the beginning of a child’s stay at the Center. Children may approach this new experience with hesitation since they have not yet formed secure attachments with their teachers or classmates. Please be assured that the teachers and the Director will assist the parent and child during this time. We will help the parent find the best way to say good-bye for the day. Sometimes it may require that the parents stay for a little while so that both the child and parent feel comfortable. If the parent has a positive feeling about leaving, this is transmitted to the child. However, if the parent is overly anxious, the child will sense this. Children can be prepared for the adjustment of “going to school” in several ways:
The best support you can give is to be enthusiastic and encouraging – and be patient. If you need reassurance or further suggestions for helping your child feel more at ease, speak to your child’s teacher and the Director.