+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19
  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Gippsland
    Posts
    14,656
    Thanks
    1,208
    Thanked
    3,835
    Reviews
    2
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts

    Default How did you transition your child into FT childcare?

    Just wondering, for those who have had to go back to full time work, how did you transition your child into full time care? Did you take them for smaller visits a few times and then just leap into full time care? Or did you build it up gradually?

    DD is starting full time childcare in early Feb and I'm looking for full time work (first interview is this Monday). The centre is happy for me to bring her in a few times and leave her there for 1-2 hours at a time, which I will certainly do. Do you think that is enough? I figure if I can do that a couple of times a week at least then she will at least know the place.

    DS never went into full time care, so this is hard As much as I am looking forward to working and relieving some financial pressure (I'm single), the thought of being away from both my kids for so long is a bit sad to think about Just don't have a choice though, now that I have a mortgage to pay. We need a roof over our heads.

  2. #2
    SpecialPatrolGroup's Avatar
    SpecialPatrolGroup is offline T-rex is cranky until she gets her coffee.
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    In the messy house, Brisbane
    Posts
    9,481
    Thanks
    2,180
    Thanked
    5,405
    Reviews
    1
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts

    Default Re: How did you transition your child into FT childcare?

    Big hugs Hollywood. My dd it's only in 2 days a week but I recall my anxiety at leaving her. I literally had to remind myself that I was not giving her away, just being apart for 9 hours. I think what you are planning on doing sounds great. Congrats on being the proud owner of a mortgage!

    Sent from my GT-I9100 using BubHub

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Gippsland
    Posts
    14,656
    Thanks
    1,208
    Thanked
    3,835
    Reviews
    2
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    Thanks! Yeah it's pretty exciting. I keep reminding myself that we'll be so much better off and being more financially stable is a huge motivation. I had a tour of the childcare centre and it's a nice little family run one (a husband and wife team plus their staff). The kids there all seemed happy and DD got straight into playing with some of them while I filled in the application forms. Some of the kids even came up to the owners and gave them spontaneous cuddles, so they obviously had a strong bond with the kids.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Brisbane, Qld
    Posts
    2,906
    Thanks
    971
    Thanked
    780
    Reviews
    4
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts

    Default How did you transition your child into FT childcare?

    With my dd going to ft childcare wasn't planned so she was thrown in the deep end at 15 months. We both bawled the first week now she loves it. I won't lie it was so hard at first. Good Luck x

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    The Kimberley WA
    Posts
    4,622
    Thanks
    916
    Thanked
    1,180
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    You will be fine and hopefully it will be good for your little one. My boys were social before they went to daycare so they transitioned well and both loved it and made many friends at daycare.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    12,708
    Thanks
    9,558
    Thanked
    12,689
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    Awards:
    Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 9/1/15Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 7/11/14Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 3/10/14100 Posts in a week

    Default How did you transition your child into FT childcare?

    I worked bub in slowly over 6 weeks before I started back at work. A few hours with me there, then a few hours without me. After a couple of weeks upped it to 4 hours per day... Slowly worked up to full days by week 5. Bub couldn't give a hoot as he had new friends to play with.

    It is a REALLY good sign if the kids spontaneously give carers hugs.... My boy smiles like crazy when he sees one particular carer: she is awesome. The ones he couldn't care about I don't trust as much.

    Good luck.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    873
    Thanks
    154
    Thanked
    300
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts

    Default How did you transition your child into FT childcare?

    While I was looking for work I took DD in 1 day a week, it was terrible by the time next week rolled over it was like starting from scratch, so I started a couple hours 3 days a week which seemed a lot better, as the gap between wasn't so long. She cried most days I'd wait outside the door it literally took under a minute for her to calm down.
    When it comes time for me to take DS i'll definitely do a couple hours each day. Even though they miss you, try to remember they are having a great time there. I think it's tougher for us then them in the end

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    6,868
    Thanks
    5,192
    Thanked
    3,894
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts

    Default How did you transition your child into FT childcare?

    Depending on bubs age. For 12mths plus I'd do a few hours a day the first week - then a couple of full days then next building gradually.

    Tho I can't talk. Dd2 is 7mths soon and starting daycare and I'm so anxious. She's there for 2 days a week 5-7hrs a day but it still feels wrong!

    Good luck Hollywood.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Gippsland
    Posts
    14,656
    Thanks
    1,208
    Thanked
    3,835
    Reviews
    2
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    Thanks for the replies, interesting to hear stories. I do think it will be harder for me than her! She seems to have the right personality for childcare, she's EXTREMELY sociable, eg she'll say "Hi" to pretty much every person that serves us in shops and supermarkets, says "Bye" to everyone as we leave and reaches out as we walk past other children, saying "Eh! Eh! Eh!" and squealing with delight if they smile at her. I think part of that comes from the fact that she's had to get used to spending time away from me when she stays with FOB and his DW. I think she'll be fine, but I'll talk more with the centre about how they recommend I do it.

    I might do what one of you did and see if I can take her in for an hour or two at least 3 days a week so that there isn't big gaps between her going in there.

    I'm so glad I got her in there. They are across the road from DS's school and they are happy to do drop offs and pick ups of siblings if we need it, at no cost to us (like if I'm running late or if I need to leave for work at 8:30am, they will walk the school kids over at 8:45am).

    Now just to find work! I've got an interview on Monday, and I'm pretty optimistic about it as I've got the experience needed for it (I work in real estate). Fingers crossed this is the one!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    6,213
    Thanks
    387
    Thanked
    594
    Reviews
    3
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Hope you find a job easily. Sounds like a great centre. My ds was with me full time and then I was at work full time the next week, it was hard (he was 12 months old). He was cared for by my dh 2 days a week (as I'd been BFing him 6 times a day til 2 weeks earlier, even dh hadn't had him for the full day much at all) and my mum 3 days a week & overnight maybe once a fortnight. I found the transition really hard, both to full time work after a 14 month break and mostly emotionally ... leaving my ds was sad in the mornings. BUT, he quite challenging at times and on those days I was quite happy to go to work!


 

Similar Threads

  1. Bed transition
    By aish in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 22-09-2012, 15:29
  2. Need some help in trying to transition
    By jacksMUM12 in forum Co-Sleeping
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 29-03-2012, 21:11
  3. At what age did you send your child to childcare and for how many days?
    By disco86 in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 25-02-2012, 23:47

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
Fridge-To-Go Australasia
Xmas with a NEW Fridge-to-go Lunch Bag! Fridge-To-Go Australasia
Fridge-to-go 8 hour cooler bags are ideal under the Christmas tree! Now in modern lunch bag designs - fill them with toys and chocolate to make parents and kids happy! Stay super cool and eat healthy and fresh food all summer long!
sales & new stuffsee all
Pea Pods
Buy 2 Award Winning Pea Pods Reusable One Size Nappies for only $38 (in your choice of colours) and receive a FREE roll of Bamboo Liners. Don't miss out, we don't usually have discounts on the nappies, so grab this special offer!
Special Offer! Save $12
featured supporter
Medela Australia
Our goal is to give mothers and babies the best possible support for a great and long lasting breastfeeding experience. Medela have a full range of breastpumps and breastcare products, suited to every need and lifestyle.
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!