For many parents and their children, separation anxiety on the first day of preschool at Chatsworth Hills Academy can be a difficult challenge to overcome. While our Primary Years Programme is an exciting new adventure for your young scholar, dropping your child off for the first time can be met with a parking lot full of tears!
At CHA, our faculty hopes to create an environment in which both you and your child will feel as little separation anxiety as possible, ensuring that your young preschooler will get the most of their first day! By following these five tips and tricks, your son or daughter will be prepped and anxiety free for the first stage of their journey through our International Baccalaureate program:
Ease Your Child Into The Transition
A great way to ease your child into their first day of preschool is to bring them to CHA a couple of times before their big day! On our visiting days, your child will be comforted by your presence, feeling free to explore our classrooms and check out the toys. Visiting days are also the perfect time to find out more about your child’s daily routine, and to discuss our PYP curriculum with one of our preschool teachers!
Establish A Goodbye Ritual Early On
Creating a specific goodbye ritual with your son or daughter early on can help to ease some of their anxieties during their big day at CHA! By developing a secret handshake or special wave, or placing a love note in your child’s lunchbox, your preschooler will be more apt to feel the confidence they need to make it through their school day without you by their side!
Positive Signals Go A Long Way
Oftentimes, parents think it’s best to sneak out the moment their child becomes distracted, but this act can actually cause unwanted stress on your child later in the day! It’s important to acknowledge your child’s anxiety and normalize their worries. It’s perfectly normal for your child to be scared of the unknown, and a little bit of empathy can help them feel safe and understood.
Although you may be feeling separation anxiety as well, it’s important to pay close attention to your body language as you say goodbye. Shedding a tear in front of your child or looking distraught during the goodbye process will leave your preschooler feeling uneasy and unsettled. By standing up straight, smiling bright, and emanating positivity, your preschooler will feel safe and secure in their fun, new environment!
Keep A Solid Routine
Children function at their best when they have plenty of sleep, eat a nutritious breakfast, and don’t feel rushed! Establishing a solid daily routine will prep your child for an easy first day of preschool, normalizing the concept of having morning classes every day. With simple tasks, such as pre-packing lunch the night before, or having your child’s clothes and backpack laid out and ready to go, you will have more time to chat with your child about their exciting new adventure at Chatsworth Hills Academy!
Read Stories About Separation
Reading classic books that tackle school separation anxiety, like Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama Misses Mama or Audrey Penn’s The Kissing Hand, will not only give you and your little one a way to talk about how it feels to be separated, but it can spark new ways to deal with it. Once your preschooler knows some of these stories by heart, try telling him each morning, “I always come back, just like Mama Llama does.”
Get In Touch With Chatsworth Hills Academy Today!
Separation anxiety on the first day of preschool is a common feeling for both parents and their children, sometimes making goodbyes extremely difficult. By following CHA’s simple tips and techniques, your child will be excited and ready for their first day of our Primary Years Programme on their own. For more ideas on how to prepare your child for their first day at CHA, and how to reduce their separation anxiety, feel free to contact our faculty today!