Children may experience separation anxiety when starting in a child care centre. Although this is very common, it can be most stressful for both the child and the parents. For this reason we insist that before commencing childcare, all children must complete a series of orientation visits. Both the parent and caregiver will decide on what time during the day is mutually convenient for these visits to take place (at least one week prior to the start date). Parents will stay with their child in the classroom for the first couple of visits. Each one thereafter will become longer for the child and shorter for the parent. Toward the end of the week we encourage parents to leave their child with the staff for a short time. This will provide the child the opportunity to begin bonding and developing a relationship with their caregiver. The orientation visits also allow the parents to supply the staff ahead of time with all the necessary items needed for the child on a daily basis.