Taken from: 5 Tips for Sending Your Preschooler off Successfully
on the First Day
1. Prepare your child. Talk about school well before it
happens. Start a morning routine and talk
to your child about what to expect when they get to school, who will be there,
all of the fun things they will do.
Excitement is contagious.
2. Let your child know
who will be picking them up. Young
children sometimes feel like their parent, caregiver might never come back especially
if they haven’t been dropped off somewhere before. Reinforce the idea that you will be back
3. When you drop your
child off, never sneak away. Tell
your child goodbye, and make sure they know you are leaving. If your child doesn’t know that you have
left, they soon will and they may feel abandoned.
4. Keep the goodbyes
brief. Lingering goodbyes can be
confusing for a child. Your child may be
upset when you leave, but if you have told them you are going to leave, they should
be prepared. Trust that the teacher will
comfort an upset child. Most likely,
things will calm down once your child becomes involved in an activity. If a parent or caregiver lingers, that –rather
than the activity – becomes the focus.
5. Make up a ritual. Rituals can be comforting to preschool-aged
children who may have some anxiety about starting school. Come up with a special hug, or blow three
kisses before you leave. Perhaps put a
kiss in your child’s pocket so that it can be “used” later. Get creative and come up with something that
will provide enjoyment and comfort to your child.
The first day, or even the first several days of school can
be trying but try to focus on the positive.
This is an exciting time for you and your child! Enjoy!