School & Daycare Search Survival

Written by: Ellie Ander

If your toddler is anything like mine, 'transition' is a super scary word. As many parents gear up for the first-time transition into daycare or preschool, we hope that the tips below can help ease both of you into this new routine:

  • Plan a teacher/classroom visit with your child before the start of school
  • Find or create your own Social Story to ease transitions
  • Read fun, age-appropriate books together. Try Llama Llama Misses Mama, or I Love You All Day Long
  • Stay organized! Pack lunches and backpacks the night before to avoid unnecessary stress and rushing in the morning
  • Ask the school about their recommended separation techniques
  • Arrive on-time or a few minutes early to help your child to transition into the school day
  • Ease your own separation anxiety on day/week one; hang out in a parent lounge to keep an ear on how it's going

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Posted on August 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM