An exciting learning experience awaits your child and you at Nazarene Nursery School, (NNS). You will find a warm, caring atmosphere, colorful rooms, lively children, loving teachers, and lots of new things to do and learn. All of these ingredients combined provide a wonderful opportunity for your child.
Starting school can be a stressful transition for 3, 4, or 5 year-old children. Sometimes the first separation from home occurs when a child starts school. It is not easy at any age, but there are differences between a baby and a young child. Pre-schoolers need children their own age. They need peers and play opportunities. Even if they have siblings in their family, they cannot fill this need. They may protest loudly at first, but they soon find that the fun they have at school, having playmates and joining in group activities, will help those fears go away.
You may be surprised at how well they adjust and how easily they dismiss you in favor of their friends and activities. You may be equally astonished when one day they start clinging and crying about leaving home all over again. Regressive behavior, crying, sleeping problems or thumb sucking may reappear.
All of these symptoms are evidence of the stress of learning to handle new situations and feelings. If you can see the regression as normal, accept it, and even welcome it as a chance to share new feelings, you will ease the tension considerably. Do reassure them that their behavior in whatever form it takes, is perfectly normal and that they’ll be able to give it up when they feel in control of school again.
Meanwhile, you will help them. You may need to repeat all of the steps you took to prepare for the initial separation. Talk with their teacher about what each of you can do to reduce their anxiety. Talk to your child and help them understand their feelings. They need to understand that some of their new feelings are a bit scary to them and that they can share these feelings with you. Help them to find confidence in themselves and then urge them toward separation again. Help them to find pride in themselves for their accomplishments.
At the same time give them the attention they crave at home. Set aside time when they can be alone with you, time for them to reconnect with you, and time to share feelings and feel close again. Ask them about school. Be interested in the things they do and make while at school. At this age children can really benefit from the experiences they have at school as well as the ones they have at home.
Thank you for giving us an opportunity to help you and your child to have new positive experiences that will shape the future of your child. Welcome to Nazarene Nursery School!
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