Being left for the first time with someone or a group of people who are not well known to them can be a frightening experience for a young child.
There are many things parents, teachers and caregivers can do to help to ease the transition and make it a happy and stress-free experience.
Leaving your child for the first time - advice for parents published at www.myece.org.nz
"A heart wrenching moment for all parents is when we leave our child for the first time in the care of someone else who is not well-known to us or at early childhood service or school. A child may become a lot quieter than usual or kick up a fuss. Either way as parents we worry. We question whether we are doing the right thing. We may even begin to wonder if there is something wrong with our child when we see other children seeming to cope okay - but of course we know in our hearts that the problem is due to the situation."
"What can you do? First, insist that the staff or teachers at the ECE service tell you truthfully what is going on. Second, consider some of the tips below to help for smoother drop-offs."
1. Playing games or something more serious?
2. Chatting to your child prepares him/ her
3. Minimise the morning rush
4. Routine makes for a smoother drop off
5. What can make the dreaded drop off worse?
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