How do you recommend that I prepare my child for the first day of school?
There is no formal preparation needed, except the children in the Three’s and Four’s programs are expected to be potty trained.
A little head start never hurts, though. You can prepare your child by talking to him or her about what to expect several weeks before and leading up to the first day of school. Be upbeat and enthusiastic about what is in store. We offer a “Meet and Greet” the day prior to school starting. This is a time that the parents may bring their child into the classroom and meet the teachers.
Prepare your child for drop-off by reminding your child what fun they will have. Let your child know who will pick him or her up, and when. You may want to create a ritual for each morning drop-off, such as a kiss and/or a hug, with a simple statement of encouragement you repeat each time.
When it comes time to leave, don’t sneak off without a good-bye. Do not linger. For children with separation issues, the teacher find that swift separation speeds the adjustment.
Late pickups can be devastating, particularly during those first few days. The School asks that you be on time to pick up your child.