Drop-off and pick-up times in early childhood centers are vital to improving each child's day. The proper greeting and structure during the time are essential and can enhance how the child responds to educational settings. Here are a few tips to help the morning greeting go smoothly:
Greet children and parents with a smile and a special "good morning" or something to help them feel welcome.
If you are busy with another child or parent, signal that you will be there as soon as you are finished. Be sure to say "goodbye" or "have a great day" as each parent departs.
Talk to the children with anticipation. For example: "Wow, Sally did you see these beautiful red blocks? Let's build something with them." or Jason guess what we will do today?"
Keep children engaged with activities (i.e., puzzles, reading stories, or coloring) while sitting with them and talking to them.
If faced with a child having difficulty separating from their parent, don't be afraid to ask the parent what you can do to help both the child and the parent with the separation process.
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