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Bo

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The first two weeks after a long break are really difficult for infants and toddlers in the morning. During these two weeks, there are several ways to help the kids to establish a sense of safety about the separation.

a. A “transition object.” Bring something that reminds the child of her/his family to childcare. Ideas include a blanket, stuffed animal, family photo, or something that smells like home.

b. Establish a regular schedule since predictable routines make children feel more secure. When a child comes to and from childcare at the same times daily it makes the adjustment easier.

c. Prepare the child ahead of time by visiting child-care with them before returning to work so s/he can meet his teacher and explore the environment with you present. Families can also practice separations through play or books.

d. Tell the child when you’ll return in terms s/he understands (“Mommy will pick you up after naptime,” rather than 3 pm). Reassure her/him that Daddy (or Grandpa or Auntie May) always comes back! Be sure to call if late so the caregiver can reassure the child.

e. Explain that some children object to separations more than others and it does not mean that their child loves his family less if s/he doesn’t want to leave for home, or falls apart when you arrive. 

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Olyvia.hayter

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You can help with separation by preparing the child for going to childcare, letting them bring something that comforts them, spend time in the classroom to let the child know that it is a safe place to be, and also let the child know that their parent will be back.
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SierraKowalski

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I always go to the window with the child so we can wave goodbye to mom or dad together, and then offer comfort or space depending on the child. Soon I'll offer a toy and a chance to join in with what we are playing.
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AmberCColter

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You can help with separation anxiety with children by having parents kiss and say goodbye to their children and you as a teacher say to the child they always come back to get them. It is important that parents always say goodbye and not sneak out. 
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