Preparing ahead for the First Day Jitters will help both parent and child ease through the separation anxiety that always accompanies facing something new.
You’ve already done the hardest part by choosing just the right early care and education environment for your most precious gift. You’ve attended Open House the week before school actually began.
The teachers and staff at HPGP work hard to make the classroom as inviting as possible. We engineer this time to be laid back and stress free. This is a chance for the two of you, parent and child, to share some time exploring the new classroom and meeting some new friends TOGETHER.
During Orientation, parents received valuable information and completed all the vital paperwork ahead of time. Now, the first day of school is all about taking that first INDEPENDENT step into the classroom to greet the teacher and get a happy “first day” photo.
Quick Tips For a Happy First Day of Preschool
- Look at the preschool website ahead of time to see what a day is like in your child’s classroom. Talk about all the fun things your child will do while there.
- Try to establish a bedtime routine that allows for plenty of rest.
- This is also an opportunity to start the good habit of being on time for school. Give yourselves an extra 15 minutes to get ready in the morning. This will eliminate some of the stress that comes with rushing around in the AM.
- Eat a nutritious breakfast together and talk about what to expect in school today.
- Pack a healthy, fun lunch with a note or symbol of love as a little surprise for your child at lunch time.
- On the way to school, tell your child that you want him/her to play and have fun. Tell him/her that you are going to walk in together, give hugs and kisses and then you will be back to get him/her after lunch. Then when you arrive at school, do exactly that.
Dealing With Separation Anxiety
Remember that it is very normal for your child to experience separation anxiety. But also remember you have chosen the prefect preschool; the well-trained staff has years of experience with comfort and distraction techniques for helping children cope with separation anxiety.
If you need to stay until you are assured that your child is calming down, that same well-trained and compassionate staff will offer you a place to “hang out” that is out of your child’s direct sight. They may even offer you coffee, some tissues and a shoulder on which to cry!
All the staff at HPGP have been in those same shoes at one time or another and have empathy for what you are going through emotionally. So you can rest assured that your child will not be sad for long. We will give hugs where appropriate and fill the day with many fun and exciting activities.
The first few days of school are always an exciting adventure. You can feel the sense of excitement in the air. With a little advance preparation and some good choices, both parent and child can face the First Day Jitters with confidence.