For some children, Preschool can be an exciting place right from the start. For others however, it may take a little longer before they become familiar with us and feel a sense of belonging, trust and security. This is quite normal! All children react differently and the staff are very responsive to children’s needs (and parents) and do all they can to settle each child in to Preschool and help them to feel safe, secure and supported.
Saying goodbye can sometimes be the hardest part for children (and parents) and there are some things parents can do to make the process easier.
- Talk positively about Preschool and all the things they can do here, both before they commence and in the first few weeks after they have started.
- Spend some time in the classroom with your child on their first few days, choosing activities to do and staying with them for a while.
- Don’t say ‘goodbye’ until you are actually ready to leave. When you have said ‘goodbye’, leave, even if this appears to upset your child. Some children are upset as parents leave, but settle very quickly soon afterwards as they get involved in an activity with a teacher.
- Remember all children are different and will react in a different way. We are always happy for parents to call us throughout the day to see how their child is going.
- For the first few days we encourage parents to pick their child up earlier than usual (about 2.30 pm), as a shorter day can help to make the beginning a more positive experience. Until children become familiar with the staff routine, they may want to go home when they see other parents arriving, even if their day has been otherwise happy.
- Try not to tell your child you missed them as this may cause them to worry about you! The staff are happy to talk to parents about how their child is settling into Preschool and provide some suggestions which may help them to feel more comfortable and secure.