Handling Separation Anxiety
Starting a new school is a big deal!
We expect that children will have separation anxiety. We ask that parents and children make drop-off plans to help ease the transition. For example, a parent can read two books, get three kisses and three hugs, and then say goodbye. A teacher can also help a child write a letter about his or her feelings. Teachers will assist as needed and send the parent pictures/updates when the child’s separation anxiety has diminished, and they have begun to engage in play. When a child’s distress persists for more than 30-45 minutes, the teachers will contact a parent to return. Due to Chickpeas’ flexible and creative style, this rarely happens, and we are able to find individualized ways to ease the transition for each child.