Daycare and Preschool can help with a child's emotional, social & cognitive development but It isn't always easy for parents and kids to transition. It is a big milestone but one that can be filled with all kinds of emotions. Teachers are going to be your support system and provide a lot of ways to help you through this. When I worked as a daycare teacher, my heart always went out to parents dropping their kiddos off for the first time and as a loyal #babyjackfan follower, I wanted to share some insight first hand.
One thing that WILL WORK making this new transition easier is to have a set ROUTINE.
BRING SOMETHING SPECIAL. Sometimes comfort items like a stuffed animal or Baby Jack lovey can really help. An item that they are familiar with will assist with easing stress for the child, assisting with separation anxiety and help with this new transition. It can be used as a bargaining tool "bring your best friend to school" conversation so they do not feel alone. Always encourage your child to give their "comfort friend" a hug but keep it safe in a backpack at their designated hook. Kids of any age are usually given a cubby for special items and extra clothes or coats.
FAMILY LOVE. The kids ages that I worked with were 2 and a half year-olds, and what some kids were drawn to was a book we created with pictures provided by the families so they could still see their mom's and dads throughout the day. If your child's classroom doesn't have one, they still should have an option to have a family picture shown somewhere in the room. Sit down and encourage to draw a family picture together - it helps the daycare center know family dynamics too!
With my own kids (I have a 5, 3, and almost 1 year old), I sang them a song sometimes before I left and when I picked them up. Maybe the new Music lovey would be a good idea? Do what works for you, and remember that you are doing a great job. I hope these tips help, and good luck!!!