Prepare your child for the first days by explaining that you are going to work, study or rest, where you will be and talk about the new person who will be looking after him/her. Explain that this new person will know how to contact you and will call if necessary and most importantly explain that you will be coming back. When leaving your child make the message short, simple and definite. Do not sneak away. Do not expect that all will go smoothly.
Do expect to spend time helping your child to settle into the new environment. This may be your child's first major experience of separation from you. Many parents have mixed feelings of anticipation and anxiety; these are communicated to your child. Parents and children both need support during the settling in phase. Children, like adults, need time to adjust to new situations and to get used to a new environment - so it is important that you prepare your child for the change as far in advance as is possible.