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Separation Anxiety Strategies Handout

Separation Anxiety Strategies Handout

It's that time of year when the preschool adventures begin!


Whether your little one is taking their first steps into the world of preschool or returning for another year, it's a significant milestone that can be both exciting and challenging for parents and children alike.


To make this transition smoother and more enjoyable for everyone, we've put together a collection of tips and strategies. These suggestions are designed to help parents prepare and support their preschooler, ensuring that their journey into early education is filled with wonder and confidence.


For Parents:

1. 📅 Plan Ahead: Get Organised for a Stress-Free Start

  • Preschool is a big change for children, and the last thing you want is to add unnecessary stress to the mix. To ensure a smooth start, get organised well in advance. Prepare your child's essentials, such as a backpack, snacks, a change of clothes, and any required paperwork. By doing this ahead of time, you'll reduce last-minute chaos and help your child feel well-prepared for the day ahead.

2. 🌞 Self-Care First: Recharge for a Positive Drop-Off

  • As parents, we often focus on our children's needs and well-being, but it's equally important to take care of ourselves. Before the drop-off, set aside a few minutes for self-care. Have a drink of icy water to refresh yourself, take ten deep breaths to calm your nerves, and look in the mirror to give yourself a reassuring smile. Remind yourself that the upcoming drop-off will be okay, and trust in your ability to navigate this transition.

3. 👋 Special Handshake & Goodbye Ritual: Creating Lasting Memories

  • One way to make preschool drop-offs memorable and special for your child is to establish a unique goodbye ritual. This could be as simple as a secret handshake or a special phrase that you and your child share. Such rituals can create a sense of comfort and anticipation, making the farewell more positive and less stressful for both of you. It's a small gesture that can have a big impact on your child's preschool experience.


For Preschoolers (3 to 5 Year-Olds):

1. 🌈 Imagine Fun: Visualise a Day of Excitement and Adventure

  • Preschool can be an overwhelming experience for a young child. To help them feel more confident and prepared, encourage them to use their imagination. Ask them to close their eyes and visualise a fantastic day at preschool. Guide them in picturing themselves playing with new friends, exploring exciting things, and creating beautiful art. Visualisation can be a powerful tool to boost their self-assurance and readiness for the day ahead.

2. 🤗 Comfort Items: Bring a Piece of Home to School

  • For many preschoolers, the thought of being away from home for an extended period can be unsettling. To provide comfort during the day, consider allowing your child to bring a favourite toy or a cuddly item from home. Sometimes, having a familiar friend by their side can make the preschool environment feel cosier and more inviting.

3. 💪 Be a Big Helper: Foster Independence and Confidence

  • Preschool is an excellent opportunity for your child to develop independence and confidence. Encourage them to take on small responsibilities, such as picking out their clothes or helping pack their backpack. These tasks may seem insignificant, but they can make your child feel like a "big kid" and give them a sense of pride in their newfound capabilities. This boost in confidence will help them tackle preschool challenges with enthusiasm.


While the transition may bring some initial anxiety, these tips for parents and preschoolers can help ease the journey.


By planning ahead, practising self-care, creating special rituals, visualising a day of fun, bringing comfort items, and fostering independence, both parents and children can embrace the adventures of preschool with excitement and confidence.


These early experiences in education will shape your child's future and lay the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.


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