Separation anxiety can be a difficult experience for young children and their parents. Whether your child is starting daycare for the first time or just transitioning from one facility to another, it can be an emotional time for the whole family. As Calgary’s premier child care center, VonKids understands how important it is to make your child feel comfortable and secure when you’re not there. That’s why today we’re sharing four tips to help you and your little one overcome separation anxiety when dropping them off at our daycare center.
4 Tips to Overcome Drop-off Separation Anxiety
Talk It Out
Talking to your child about daycare before they start can help you both feel more comfortable with the idea of them being away from you. Explain to them where they will be going and who will be taking care of them. Also, make sure to emphasize the fun activities they will be doing at our Calgary daycare and how they will be able to make friends and learn new things!
Before their first day, practice a few short separations from your child in order to get used to the emotions involved with the process. This could be as simple as leaving them in a room for a few minutes and then coming back with a smile. If you need other ideas on how to practice, get in touch with our child development professionals for advice!
Make Drop-Offs Quick
On the first few days of daycare, make drop-offs quick. Give your child a squeeze, and briefly provide a few words of encouragement before they embark on their new adventure. This will help to make the transition easier for you both and make them feel more reassured.
Enjoy Time Apart
Finally, it’s important to remember that it’s okay to enjoy your time apart. Time away from your child can give you an opportunity to relax and recharge. When you come back to pick up your child, they’ll be excited to share everything they learned throughout the day, and you’ll be refreshed and ready to spend quality time with them.
By following these tips, you and your little one will become preschool pros in no time. So what are you waiting for? Book a tour of VonKids today, and discover the peace of mind that comes with sending your child to the best child care facility in Calgary!