Keeping Healthy and Safe: Arriving at School or Childcare
Young children are learning new procedures for arriving at school or childcare. Adults can support them with simple explanations, visual supports, and practice.
- Provide a Simple Explanation
Use simple phrases, such as “When you arrive at school, your parent will say goodbye at an outside door instead of at your classroom. When you arrive, someone will take your temperature.”
- Use Visual Supports
Post pictures of parents and children saying goodbye outside.
- Set Them Up for Success
Provide pictures of children getting their temperature taken.
- Provide Practice and Encouragement
Help children and parents develop a drop-off routine, such as a special handshake or hug at the door. Encourage children to describe their routine to their classmates.
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About this resourceSetting(s) for which the article is intended:
- Child Care Center
- Family Child Care
- Preschool Program
- Parents / Family
- Teachers / Service providers
Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
Related IEL Birth to Three Guidelines:
- Developmental Domain 1: Social & Emotional Development
- Developmental Domain 2: Physical Development & Health
- Developmental Domain 3: Language Development, Communication, & Literacy
- Developmental Domain 4: Cognitive Development
- Early Literacy
- Expressive Communication
- Relationship with Adults
- Relationship with Peers
- Safety & Well-Being
Related Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards: