1 Take a seat. Make sure you have a few adult-sized chairs, cheerfully labeled Welcome, Visitor."

2 Make room for a view. Position visitor chairs where they won't be in children's way but will allow visitors to view what is happening in the room.

3 Read all about us! Attach a laminated card to each visitor's chair. Teachers are often busy when guests arrive. This card can summarize a few program details, such as where to hang coats, times for outdoor play and snack, and so on.

4 Spread the news. If you have a newsletter, include suggestions and policies about visiting. You could mention that you welcome advance notice or request that no photos be taken unless prearranged.

5 Make your own time first. Consider requesting "no visitors" during the first month of school, since this is a time when everyone's getting settled, family members are helping with transitions, and children are learning routines.

6 Keep a record. Place a visitor sign-in book near your door. Make sure there's a spot for the date and address so children can write to visitors later.

7 Be prepared. Involve children in considering guest scenarios beforehand so they're less likely to be distracted during visits. If you have visitors often, rotate one or two children as visitor helpers or guides.

8 Guide your guests. At a parent meeting or in your newsletter, talk about ways to make visits most successful -- where children are developmentally, best time of day, and so on.