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Guidelines for settling in
Settling in schedule Child Psychology: What helps, what to keep in mind
After the official settling in period
Guidelines for settling in
At Children’s Garden, we strive to allow each individual child the best possible experience in their Preschool years. Due to the needs of all of the children, in the full group, we hold some firm guidelines around the way in which children enter their new world of play, learning, care and friendship.
These guidelines apply to every child entering the preschool, regardless of past experiences. Please be aware as a family, that this integration will take time from your work schedules. This gentle approach to integration allows your child the mental space required to make the adjustments to new routines, and to learn that parents will always return.
For children who settle with ease into their new routine, parents can be pleased to see such open attitudes, although please be aware that a reaction can occur as late as three months after settling in. For children who have difficulty adjusting, the settling in period can be lengthened to give your child the security and time needed. If this is the case, please speak with your classroom teacher.
Please understand the following behavior guide to help ease your child’s transition:
- Ensure that there is plenty of time to take things slowly in the cloak room, and arrive on time at the classroom door.
- Engage your child in the world around and the activities planned by the teacher.
- Speak to the teacher while your child watches, and convey in body language that you trust this person.
- When it is time to leave, leave promptly. If your child reacts strongly, get a teacher’s help in separating and walk quickly away, smiling.
- Do not hang around the building, to catch a glimpse of how it is going. If your child sees you, they may get upset.
- Pick up promptly, and leave the classroom calmly and with as little delay as possible, there are other children without parents who can find the situation stressful.
- If you have concerns, and need to speak with a teacher, please organize a time to speak when the teacher can leave the group and speak with you alone. Do not voice concern in front of your child, as that sends signals of doubt.
- Please keep in mind that the teachers have many children at a time to work with, and they may not havetime for talk, apart from very quick messages.
- Expect that some crying or vengeful behaviour probably will occur. There are many various reactions that children have to being left in a new place, and often there is some anger toward the parent, who leaves. This is natural and will fade as your child integrates.
Please entrust the classroom staff with your precious child. They are professionals, with experience and warmth who welcome your child and family into their group. They will do everything in their power to make this a positive transition for your child.