TIPS FOR SMOOTH TRANSITIONS AT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP:

Transition times can be stressful for some children.  In the morning they may not want to say good-bye to you and at pick up time they may not want to go because they are involved with a fun activity.  This is a natural occurrence and may vary with your child’s age and developmental stage.

To ease the situation I encourage parents to take a minute to help their child feel comfortable and to adjust by offering positive statements.  A parent who shows reluctance to depart only makes the transition harder for their child, Although parents should never sneak out without saying “good-bye” to their child, a brief good-bye usually works best.  Crying will usually stop a few minutes after you depart.

Whether you plan to stay for a while when during transition times or you prefer to keep transition times short, it is important that you establish a consistent routine and stick with it.  You are always welcome to stay and chat about your child’s day, but please do this in the living room or playroom so that your child doesn’t get upset expecting you to leave immediately.  In the playroom, there are more distractions to entertain your child while we chat.

If your child misbehaves during transition times, please correct their behavior.  My house rules apply from the time they walk in until the time they walk out.  This is a time of testing when two different authority figures are present (parent and provider), and this situation will be tested at one time or another to see if the rules still apply.  I will remind your child if inappropriate behaviors are being displayed.  Please be prepared to back me up.  If your rules or desires are being tested, I am ready to back you up as well.

Children of all ages adjust to transitions differently.  Most do not like to be too rushed, or to wait too long once they are ready to depart.  This is especially true during the colder months, when children may get uncomfortably warm once dressed in a coat, mittens and a hat.

When leaving, please DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN TO RUN OUT TO YOUR CAR WHILE YOU ARE STILL INSIDE!  Our safety rule is “No one outside without a parent or guardian with them.”  There may be other cars on the street and a serious incident could occur.

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