Is daycare drop-off proving to be a challenge?
A routine can help ease your child’s separation anxiety and make the transition smoother.
For starters, parents should try to keep drop off and pick up times the same, said Belinda Lies, director of Kiddie Campus in Yorkville.
And once it’s time to leave, create a specific goodbye ritual and stick to it. Whether it’s a hug, kiss, high five, or a secret handshake, the regular action can help create order around the parent’s departure.
“Consistency with the separation routine is important,” Lies said. “The children will learn and predict what will happen. Learning that they will be loved and safe throughout the day until they are ready to go is such a comfort to each child.”
Following a schedule also helps children develop the skills they will need once they start school.
“Routines are so important in daily classroom life. They facilitate teaching and learning,” Lies said. “Routines provide security for children. They enable the child to know what to expect.”
And while dropoffs can be just as difficult for moms and dads, it’s imperative they create a
“Even though the parent may be filled with anxiety, it is important that they do not convey this to their child,” said Lies. “It is helpful if the parent seems happy and reassures the child that a great day is ahead.”
Kiddie Campus is also there to help make the transition easier
“We encourage all families to come to Kiddie Campus and visit before actually starting their permanent schedule,” Lies said. “This will give the child a sense of security as they will recognize their teacher and classmates.”