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A Guide to Managing Your Preschooler’s Separation Anxiety

by @LittleTreehouseBangkok on January 10, 2024

At Little Treehouse Nursery, we understand that starting preschool is a significant milestone in your child’s life. It’s a time of many changes, and one of the challenges that both children and parents often face is separation anxiety. In this blog post, we will explain what separation anxiety is, why it is common among preschoolers, and offer some tips and techniques on how to handle it.

Understanding Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is a normal part of child development. It’s particularly common among preschoolers who may feel anxious when separated from their parents or primary caregivers. This anxiety can manifest in various ways such as crying, tantrums, or clinginess. While it can be distressing to see your child upset, it’s important to remember that separation anxiety is a sign that your child has formed a healthy attachment to you. It’s a testament to the bond you’ve built with your child, and although it can be challenging, it’s a completely normal stage of development.

Preparing for the Transition

Transitioning to preschool is a significant change in a child’s life. One of the most effective ways to handle separation anxiety is to prepare your child for this transition. Start by having conversations about what to expect at preschool. Discuss the new activities they’ll get to do, the friends they’ll make, and the fun they’ll have. Visiting the preschool together can also be beneficial. This allows your child to familiarize themselves with the new environment and meet the teachers. Seeing the classroom, the play areas, and meeting the people they’ll interact with can help your child feel more comfortable and secure about the new environment.

Establishing a Routine

Children thrive on routine. It provides them with a sense of security and predictability. Establishing a consistent drop-off routine can help ease separation anxiety. This could be as simple as a special goodbye hug, a high-five, or a wave from the window. Consistency is key here. Over time, this routine will become a reassuring signal to your child that it’s time for you to leave, but also that you will return.

Reassuring Your Child

It’s important to reassure your child of your love and the fact that you will return to pick them up. Make sure your child knows that their feelings are valid and that it’s okay to miss you. This reassurance can be comforting to a child dealing with separation anxiety. Over time, as your child gains confidence in their new environment, makes new friends, and gets used to the preschool routine, the separation anxiety will lessen.


At Little Treehouse Nursery, we are committed to providing a nurturing and supportive environment for our students. Our experienced teachers are trained to handle separation anxiety and will work closely with you to ensure a smooth transition for your child. We believe in creating a space where children feel safe, loved, and excited to learn. With patience, understanding, and consistent routines, we can work together to navigate through this challenging, yet completely normal stage of development.

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