(BPT) - Back-to-school can be an exciting time of year for children who know what to expect. But for children headed off to school for the first time, the unknown can trigger worry and stress. In a July 2019 survey by Kiddie Academy Educational Child Care, approximately 75% of parents interviewed acknowledged that their children experience at least some degree of anxiety when school starts. The good news is that the separation anxiety children feel when starting school or child care is a normal part of development that can be eased through a variety of techniques.
Creating a consistent drop-off ritual helps kids make positive transitions while they learn to develop trust with their teachers and confidence that their parents will always return. Therefore, childcare experts at Kiddie Academy have developed four steps to help parents ward off back-to-school jitters.