As previously mentioned, we keep a very low child to staff ratio so that children experiencing separation anxiety can be given the attention they need. We also provide parents with the following guildlines prior to their first day of school: To help achieve the goal of allowing your child to become independent, emotionally healthy and well adjusted, we recommend the following practices: *If possible, children should be walked in, not carried. *Present your child to the teacher upon arrival. The greeting between teacher and child is invaluable. Many things about the child's health and state of mind can be determined in that brief time, and nothing should interfere with it. The teacher will then help the child join the classroom activities. *Good-byes at school should be part of normal, everyday routine every child goes through. Separation should be sweet and brief, with reassurance about the planned pick-up time. *Parents should encourage children to make friends with the teachers and look forward to being at school without feeling guilt or disloyalty to a parent.