Child Care and Children's Programs

Preparing your child for change

Most adults resist change, so do some children. Depending on their personality and stage of development, some children will find separation from their parent more difficult than others will. It will take time for your child to get used to the new arrangements.

You may expect some of these behaviours, as the child reacts to separation and change:

These problems should be temporary. Be loving and understanding, but do not suggest to the child that you can stop working and stay home unless it is a real possibility. Ask the caregiver to spend a little extra time with your child, being attentive, responsive and reassuring. The caregiver should try to keep the child busy, involved and close to him/her.