#5: Separation AnxietyMarch 26, 2012

This happens on occasion in my 3-year-old classes as children often have trouble separating from their parent for the first time.  It can be traumatic to be apart from a parent, but there are several things a teacher can do to ease the transition:

  • Have the child sit near the teacher.
  • Have a cute puppet to divert their attention and engage them.
  • Suggest they arrive early to help set up the classroom.
  • As a last resort, invite the parent to come into the classroom, and even dance with the child if necessary.  It is amazing how soon a child will be ready to have their parent transition out of the classroom once they’ve gained the teacher’s trust.