+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    1,124
    Thanks
    40
    Thanked
    553
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts

    Default Son still upset dropping off

    Hi

    My son is doing 1 day a week at childcare. We did that to hold a place as it's very hard to get childcare here in Canberra. We are doing 3 days next year but for the moment it's only one day.

    He's been there for about 6 weeks now, but still crys when I drop him off. It breaks my heart. Today he pointed to the door and wanted to go. I feel so mean. What can I do to settle him in more.

    Last week when I picked him up he was playing happily but cried when he saw me.

    I've been slowly increasing the time I leave him. Today I dropped him off at 9.45 and I will pick him up at 2.30 pm.

    They do say he's getting better each time.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Brisbane North
    Posts
    4,460
    Thanks
    1,581
    Thanked
    1,802
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    It's completely normal for them to cry for a while. My dd used to do this as well and it wasn't until i stood hidden around the corner to see how long it would take her to settle down etc, before I realised that she was only crying for 2-3 mins and would stop and start playing... and here I was thinking that she's crying all day long!!!

    Give it more time, 1 day a week isn't alot, when he gets to know the other kids/carers he will get more confident.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    1,407
    Thanks
    24
    Thanked
    209
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts

    Default Son still upset dropping off

    My daughter is 4 and going two days a week, she stated going 3 months ago and only now she is saying goodbye and looking forward to it

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    134
    Thanks
    115
    Thanked
    25
    Reviews
    0

    Default Son still upset dropping off

    Hi. I worked in child care for 8yrs and found that unfortunately most children that only went to care 1 day a week were still very upset at drop off even after going for months! Every week was like their first day again. The best thing is for them to go at least twice a wk, they settled in much sooner!
    Something that helped one child, mum took him shopping & he got to pick out a special bag, lunch box and toy that he only got to use & play with on day care days so he was excited about going.
    Sorry I can't be of more help hun!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Cessnock
    Posts
    226
    Thanks
    263
    Thanked
    93
    Reviews
    0
    Yeah, I've heard the same, from several childcare workers in different places: kids who go several days seem to settle better than just one

    So... hopefully it will be better next year when he goes for more days?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    81
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked
    12
    Reviews
    0
    My DS started daycare a month ago and at the time I only wanted to start him on one day a week & later move to two. The director however recommended that I start him on two days a week for at least 3weeks as she has found that kids will settle in much quicker & easier. I found that she was quite correct as my son did settle in quite quickly and any separation anxiety was quickly resolved when one of the carers holds him. He now stills goes two days a week & will rarely cry when I leave only on the odd days. I have also found preparing him the day before and in the morning by explaining all the fun things he will do at daycare helps.


 

Similar Threads

  1. I think DD is dropping her nap
    By jennibear in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 27-04-2012, 10:57
  2. Dropping to one feed..
    By Tainted in forum Breastfeeding Support
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26-03-2012, 19:23

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Softmats
With so many amazing reversible designs, the soft and cushioned Premium Bubba Mats are the perfect space for all the family. Not only do they look fantastic; you can also enjoy the quality and comfort for years to come.
sales & new stuffsee all
Wendys Music School Melbourne
Wondering about Music Lessons? FREE 30 minute ASSESSMENT. Find out if your child is ready! Piano from age 3 years & Guitar, Singing, Drums, Violin from age 5. Lessons available for all ages. 35+ years experience. Structured program.
Use referral 'bubhub' when booking
featured supporter
ProSwim
ProSwim Rostrevor runs learn to swim classes for children and adults. Lessons are run during the Summer months (Oct-Mar). Our indoor centre at Plympton Park has lessons all year round, including school holidays.
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!