Dd has her first independent settling day at nursery yesterday and starts properly next Wednesday. Yesterday she toddled into the room quite happily (we have been twice before for sessions that I have stayed for) and was greeted by her key worker. While she had her back turned I asked if I should just leave and was told to do so if I was happy to, which I did. Once I left though, I started to wonder. Should I have done a proper goodbye rather than sneaking off?
I only ask because I remember some attachment theory training that said that children need to know that we leave but that we will come back. Am I other thinking this?
I do think it's generally better to say goodbye. Though if she knew you were going to go, that's probably ok. I think the worry is that if you just disappear she may worry about you just disappearing in other contexts too.
I said a firm loving goodbye, promised him I would be back to collect him, and then walked out and resisted the temptation to hover and look through the windows. It was hard as he howled when I left the first few times but I think it is much more effective that way. Plaster off and all that.
But I do think you need to tell them you’re going but will be back to collect them and all that.
It’s hard I know but most children end up adoring nursery- DS has been there full time now for over two years and is happy as Larry!
You need to make her feel safe and secure in her new surroundings.
A cheerful hug, “have fun with Ms X [whoever], see you at pick up” and then leave, will be fine. The staff are trained to deal with toddlers missing their parents (generally only requires distraction). Pick up should be no great show of having missed her, just a normal “hello love, have you had a good day, let’s go home!”.
I was always advised to say goodbye. So a hug, a quick goodbye and reassure them you’ll be back. I thought this was well known good practice TBH. A setting that advises parents to sneak out would make me think twice about them, honestly.
First day of nursery I thought I should just slip off whilst he wasn't looking but the nursery staff explained it's best to say goodbye so he would know and I could explain I would be back later! I say goodbye, give him a kiss and he seems happy! I think if he were to look around and I suddenly wasn't there that would be more upsetting!