Settling your family into the Centre environment
Entering an early childhood setting is one of the times when the anxiety of separation is likely to present itself because of your child’s age and developmental stage. There is a new environment to understand and make sense of and new faces can also be overwhelming.
Many children feel some separation anxiety when they are separated from their parents/caregivers. It can be pretty scary when your parents/caregivers are leaving, and hard to understand that out of sight does not mean ‘gone forever’. Children need to learn to trust the new adults and children to enable them to feel comfortable in their new learning environment.
The feelings and emotions surrounding your child’s settling can be very unsettling for you and your child. Please do not feel embarrassed if you and/or your child get distressed. Please talk to our team so we can form a plan together. Children react differently to separation from parents. An early childhood setting can be a great place to enjoy the first steps of independence.
Children are able to make friends and to grow in a new environment, if they have been supported towards independence. You will feel comfortable in the knowledge that your child is happy and secure at the Centre.
Things that help
Make as many visits to the Centre as you can so that you can get to know the staff, the children, the routines and the learning opportunities. Talk to the teaching team about strategies they can use to comfort your child if necessary. Focus on positive things concerning your child at the Centre like having a hook to put their bag and coat on and all the friends they will make.
We encourage you to say goodbye to your child. Tell your child clearly what is going to happen, say I am going now and reinforce to them that you will be back to pick them up later. If you are running late give us a call so we can let your child know what is happening. If you want to call the Centre, you are welcome to call as often as you need to. We suggest you follow our settling in procedure located at the back of this information book