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Drop-off and Pick-up Tips

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Dropping off or picking up your children at school can often be a very rushed part of the day. The transition for parents, children, and educators can turn this into one of the most stressful parts of the day. There are ways to keep the transition running smoother and run into less stress or anxiety over transitioning from home to school and vice versa.

The Drop Off

The hardest part about pick-ups and drop-offs is the transition. Give your child the time they need to make their transition. If necessary, wake up earlier to give your child more time to transition without feeling rushed or overwhelmed. Let them settle in, rather than abruptly push them through their morning activities.

In addition to giving your child the time they need to adjust, try to maintain a routine. A sudden change can alarm children, whereas a routine gives them control. Discussing this routine with them so they know when you will be back and when you will leave.

Give them a comfort toy or leave one for them at school so they have a piece of home with them. Play comforting music on the drive into school to put them in a good mood. Leave a photo of the family in their backpack in case they miss home.

When dropping your child off, say goodbye firmly and do not linger. Staying longer than necessary makes the transition harder on both the parent and child.

The Pick Up

Picking up your child from school can be just as stressful as dropping them off.

If you’re running late to pick up your child or drop them off, you should never hesitate in letting your child care centre know. In cases where you are late to pick up your child, letting them know what’s happening allows them to adjust to the new situation and prevents them from worrying.

If your child and you feel rushed during pick up time, you can always ask your child care provider to begin preparing your child before you arrive. Simple tasks like a bathroom check or gathering their things can help parents make a smooth transition during pick up time.

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  • Our child was enrolled with Childventures for 5 Years. We chose the CV program as it offered seamless before and after school care, no down time over the holidays when we didn’t have the time off. The safety and security of the facility was a big deal and the core knowledge and Montessori base Read more...
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    January 15, 2018
  • My children were enrolled at Childventures for 4 years. We chose CV’s JK/SK program over the public or other private sector because the class sizes are smaller, the strong reading program and advanced curriculum content. After completing the JK/SK program their transitions to public school wer Read more...
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    January 8, 2018
  • My two children were enrolled at CV for 3 and 4 years. We had such a Positive experience throughout our time at CV that we didn't want it to end! When they started public school we quickly found the transition to be lacking in many ways mostly because of what we had become used to at CV. We pul Read more...
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    January 4, 2018
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    December 18, 2017
  • Our LO is 16 months old and is enrolled at the Oakville location. It's clear to see that he enjoys being there everyday just as much as we enjoy dropping him off. Doesn't matter who's at the desk when we first enter in the mornings, whether it's Kathryn, Chris or Matthew we are always greeted with s Read more...
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    December 12, 2017
  • I just wanted to write and say, two weeks into our son attending child ventures my husband and I noticed a HUGE difference in his behaviour, manners and patience. Best of all he was potty trained in a couple short weeks! We noticed what he practised at school, he brought back to our home life. Manne Read more...
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    November 15, 2017
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    October 24, 2017
  • I would recommend CV to all my friends because it's so great. My son started at CV When he's 11 months old. All the teachers are very caring, nice and knowledgeable. Currently my son is in the JK/SK, he's very happy to study there. Read more...
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    October 24, 2017
  • We are very impressed with Child Ventures Oakville. I was nervous to leave my son to go back to work but transitioning into daycare was made so much easier by the wonderful staff and teachers. We are confident we made the right choice and see so much growth already in our son the past month he has b Read more...
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    October 16, 2017
  • The Chef provides delicious foods to eat and tries to provide something that Ashton will eat (he is very texture oriented and picky). They approach me to find out what his favourite foods are and try their best to ensure that he is getting what he needs throughout the day. Ella clearly loves her foo Read more...
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    October 6, 2017
  • Our son is 22 months old and this is his second experience in a childcare setting. We call Ryan sunshine personified - he is a happy, smiley little guy. He is also a little guy who has had a pretty rough start to his little life. Much of his first year was spent at SickKids but he handled multiple s Read more...
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    October 6, 2017
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