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Separation Policy Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 February 2013 00:00
mpj043077800001.jpgDo you remember your first day at nursery school or kindergarten? Maybe not, but we bet you probably were nervous and excited-and a bit lonely and lost when your mom or dad left.

Even when returning to a familiar setting after summer vacation, children often feel a bit intimidated. They will have a new teacher, there are new kids in the group and maybe their special friend is gone. It's a big deal! Often parents ask us what our "policy" is regarding separation issues. Since we have many different children, we don't think one policy will work. With kids, "one size fits all" never does! 

We want to do everything we can to make your child's beginning here as happy as possible. The parent handbook is designed to fill you in on specifics. Parent orientation will also help you understand all our policies. Gradual entrance will enable the children to "ease" into school.

Before the first day of school you may want to read your child a few books with a "starting school theme". Such stories can help the child get in touch with his or her feelings about going into a new place and separating from you. Your child will also have the opportunity to talk with you about feelings or ask questions about what to expect.

It's a good idea to talk to the student about some of the fun activities that happen in school. Some children feel a little less alone and adrift in a new place if they bring along something familiar from home, such as a favorite stuffed animal, lovey or even a family photo in their school bag.

Often the car line makes it easier for children to separate, but if you choose to walk your child into school be sure not to slip out when your child isn't looking. If you do, your child will learn that you cannot be trusted. When your child is comfortable, say good-bye and once you have said it, LEAVE. Hanging around and prolonging the agony is hard on everyone. If you are leaving an upset child, stop by the office for a tissue and a hug and to let us know how best to reach you if your child can't be comforted in a reasonable time. Do your best to relax and leave it up to us-we have dealt with it before!


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