A New School Year for Toddlers & Preschoolers

It is time to start a new school year. Start the year off right by getting your child excited about learning. Model your own enthusiasm for school and encourage him to be excited with you. Talk about the reasons why you chose your child’s daycare or school program.

Explain how safe it makes you feel and how much you know your child is going to enjoy it. If allowed, send a favorite photo or a small reminder of home for the first day or two.

Establish a routine when you reach the program. Help your child take care of personal items then remember to say good-bye. Saying good-bye with a short routine and a “quick” good-bye is a great way to show your child that you trust that he will be safe.

If you start to leave and then stay, or hand the child over and then decide to hold on longer, it can send a message of distrust and anxiety. Remind your child that you, or someone else he knows, will be back to pick him up at the end of the day.

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