When your child first gets started at EMCCC, he or she might find it difficult to separate from you. This differs from child to child, with some becoming immediately comfortable with the new situation and others taking several days, sometimes weeks, to feel at ease. The transition from home to the child care center is often equally difficult for the parents. Staff members are sensitive to this and understand that it takes time for everyone to feel comfortable with new people, places and routines. Children and parents will get the attention and support they need to make a smooth transition from new enrollee to Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center veteran.
The initial reaction of a child getting started is often unpredictable and unexpected. Since each child is different, individual parents will work out a schedule with the teacher mapping out the first couple of days. Parents should plan on missing time from work to be at the child care center, possibly half days, on the first 2 to 3 days of enrollment while the child becomes comfortable in the new environment. The first day or two will likely be partial days for the child with no nap included. Developing a consistent routine of drop off and pick up is also important to the development of peace of mind for the child. The office should be called if there is a change in drop off or pick up time or if your child will be absent so the teacher can prepare to address any ensuing issues.