The first day of child care is a time of excitement and uncertainty for many families. It is common for children (and parents) to experience feelings of anxiety in the lead up to starting care.

In children, these feelings are often caused by a fear of the unknown, as the child has no point of reference to draw upon when they are faced with a new environment or experience.

It takes time for them to adjust to their routine, build relationships, and understand that their new preschool is a fun, safe, and happy place.

Some children take to their new preschool environments with ease; whereas others may initially suffer from separation anxiety. This is completely normal, and will pass in time.

Either way, the tips below will make your child’s first day at preschool (and the days after) a more manageable experience for your little one, and for you.

Preparing for the First Day
Your Child’s First Day of Child Care