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    Default First day at daycare

    DS starts daycare next week. What's the best to do? Stay a while or leave quickly. I plan to ring after dropping off to see how he's settling.

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    I would stay for a play with him, and then say goodbye and leave without a fuss.

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    Yes stay for a play and show him where his things are. When your ready to go, wait until he is engaged with an activity, then say a simple goodbye with a 'mummy/I will be back after....', then a kiss and out you go. Best advice, don't draw out the goodbye! And if you can, an earlier pick up for the first week so the day isn't so long for him.
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    We did an orientation period where we just went to play and l stayed all the time. We didn't have to pay for this because l was there.. When l did leave him - it was a quick good bye and then leave.. I still don't hang around now.. Build up the time they are there too

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewilliams View Post
    We did an orientation period where we just went to play and l stayed all the time. We didn't have to pay for this because l was there.. When l did leave him - it was a quick good bye and then leave.. I still don't hang around now.. Build up the time they are there too
    We had 3 orientation sessions of 1 hr each before Christmas so I'm hoping he'll remember being there before but I was there so he could come to me when he wanted.

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    Drop him and go straight away but do NOT sneak out - make sure he knows you are leaving but will be back later.

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    If also recommend you be prepared for him to get upset when you go, and for the possibility of you having a cry in your car! I'm sure by the time you make your follow up call he'll be settled and happily playing, but they like to tug on the heart strings when you first leave.

    My son has been going to day care for two years now and still cries when I leave, almost every time. And yet he always has a ball and often asks to go to "school" on his days off!


 

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