We know that the first day in a new environment is different for each child. The following is a list of suggestions to help make the transition as easy as possible.
- Arrive early. Allow yourself enough time to review all paper work, as well as time for your child to settle in. We have found twenty minutes to be sufficient for paperwork and introduction to our sign in and out policies.
- The amount of time you spend with your child on the first day is an individual choice. Some families start with a regular routine of 5-10 minutes to sign in and say goodbye while others like to spend more time helping their child to adjust. Whichever method you select, the director and teachers will wait for a sign from the parent that they are ready to leave before they will interrupt you and your child.
- Begin discussing the school with your child in a positive way several days prior to your first day of attendance. If your child has visited the classroom, remember specifics that you saw or materials that may have interested your child. Informing children about changes allows them time to adjust to a transition.
- Most importantly, remind your child of the time that you will return for them and say good-bye. While it may be stressful for some children to make the final transition, it is harder for them to suddenly realize that you have just disappeared.
Each of our teachers have had a great deal of experience helping children transition into a new environment. As you look around your child's classroom, know that each of the children have also experienced a 'first day,' and that it was different for each of them. You may leave knowing that your child will be treated as an individual and that we will do our best to make the first day a positive experience.