My son started at FDC for two days a week in February, just after turning two. Initially he LOVED it, was so excited to go, didn't want to leave etc. Since then, two of the children he really enjoyed playing with have left and the majority of other children are younger than him and not terribly entertaining for him.
I went away for a weekend last month, which is the longest I have been away from my son. He was happy enough while I was away, he stayed with my parents, but he has been really clingy ever since. Since I went away he has decided he hates daycare. He will cry and tell me he doesn't want to go, he is hysterical when I try to leave, or I will get a phone call an hour after dropping him saying he is distressed, and so I (obviously) go and pick him up.
The last few weeks he has spent maybe 10 hours at daycare. I am doing a Bachelor online at the moment, and I am really struggling to find the time to study without daycare. This morning I stayed with him for almost two hours, he was totally fine and happy while I was there but when I tried to say goodbye or sneak out he was hysterical, I gave up. Tomorrow I'm going in to sign the forms to withdraw him, as it really isn't working any more.
The options are either drop a unit, which I'd prefer not to do as we are living with my parents currently, I need to finish my degree and get us out of here before the little sanity I have retained thus far is gone., or find somewhere else. The lady who was minding him is one of my closest friend's mum, I have known her for the past 18 years. I am really uncomfortable with the idea of Childcare centres and trusting strangers in caring for my son, but think perhaps an environment with lots of little ones around my son's age may keep him happy and entertained.
Anyone changed FDC/Centres and had their child respond positively, or is this unlikely to help as he seems to be going through a very clingy stage?