First and foremost, if your child becomes upset, we will approach your child with patience, love and tender care. We will do our very best to comfort your child. We will review the paperwork for the information you provided us to best comfort your child. If we need more suggestions and guidance we will give you a call immediately. We can discuss the situation together and figure out the best plan moving forward for your child. Our goal is for your child to have a wonderful toddler/cubs experience. We understand this may be your child’s first time away from a loved one and adjusting may be difficult. Furthermore; our nursery staff has the experience to connect the specific needs of children whom need extra attention to positively and successful transition to our surroundings. We have a few suggestions on handling separation anxiety in a childcare setting.
1. Bring a familiar toy or security blanket
2. Arrange a visit to our facility prior to your first day (before/ after our operating hours)
3. Avoid letting this be your child’s first experience away from you. It is helpful if your child has learned to trust other adults (babysitters, caregivers, etc.)
4. Talk to your child about how much fun he or she will have in the nursery!
5. Tell your child where you will be and when you will return
Two great book recommendations for this topic are Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama Misses Mama or Audrey Penn’s The Kissing Hand. We have both these books in our nursery library and will be happy to read to your child upon arrival with your suggestion.