Or it is a little hand sneaking onto your leg as you sit together reading a book.
Other times it is a little body hurtling toward you and almost bowling you over as they walk in the gate.
Or a picture made just for you, every day, and given shyly and wordlessly.
Looking around the play space until their eyes find you, and then going back to their play.
A joke shared.
A hand in yours.
A long and involved story about their weekend.
Running to show you a shiny pebble they have discovered in the garden.
Asking for help.
Trusting you with their feelings.
The moment that they trust you and know, really know, that you are there for them is the moment we work towards.
These little people are often leaving their families for a new environment for the very first time in their lives.
For their sense of being, becoming and belonging when children start preschool there is nothing more important than the relationships that they develop with the first educators in their world.
Not amazing facilities.
Not super dooper activities.
Not a school readiness program.
It's the relationships that matter in preschool, pure and simple.
How do you support children in feeling safe, secure and nurtured at preschool?
If you are a parent, what matters to you in your child's relationships at preschool?