At Miracle Moments, we experience this type of anxiety in our students all the time. After all, the nature of our program is to get kids acclimated to social settings and expectations. Some of our students, especially those who are particularly new to our program, will complain of missing "mommy and daddy" throughout the day, or cry because they haven't made any friends. While the staff at Miracle Moments tries their very best to create a warm and welcoming environment for our little ones, still, stress persists.
There are some things parents can do to help their child transition into a school setting. If at all possible, try and schedule a visit for you and your child at our campus before her first day in order to familiarize her with her future surroundings. Having already seen the facility, and met her teachers and some of the students prior to her first day may relieve some of that stress.
Another great way to help your child acclimate to a new environment like Miracle Moments is to talk to your child about what he can expect to be doing throughout the day using positive language. For example, you might tell your child that he will have lots of fun making friends, playing games, etc. on his first day. This is better than instilling fear in your child by saying such things as, "You don't have anything to be afraid of." By phrasing it this way, your child is being set up to feel fear at school because you put the idea in his head.
One final thing that can be helpful is if parents make their goodbyes quick and easy. Put simply, don't make it a bigger event than it needs to be. By lingering, you show your child that you are not confident with where you are leaving her, thus making her feel uneasy. Say goodbye with a smile (even if they are crying) and leave with the assurance that they are in very capable hands. It can even be helpful if you tell them where you will be while they are in our care, putting them more at ease.
These are just a few tips I have found to be helpful as your child adjusts to a new environment. Each child is different; some may take longer to adjust than others. But given the support of our staff along with your participating, each child should eventually feel right at home!