DS is having his first (part) day of childcare tomorrow! We are taking him in sometime around 9 and I'm going to pick him up a bit before lunch, he's transitioning to 1 sleep so I'm going to bring him home for lunch and his sleep 😊 I'm so nervous! We took him there for an orientation last week and he loved it! He scooted off outside to play with the other kids and never looked back lol. He didn't come over to us to check we were still there. He had so much fun. So fingers crossed we can get through his first couple of hours with no tears tomorrow (just me crying when we leave lol)
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06-07-2015 14:20 #21
06-07-2015 15:16 #22
Ds3 had his first 2 days at daycare last week now I'm back at work. He was just fine. The carer called me mid morning to say he had settled in well and was having his sleep. I wasn't at all worried about it all though, third time round and ds 1 and 2 thrived in daycare and I have no doubt ds3 will as well. I missed him though, those big blue eyes lighting up happy to see me and those outstretched arms, big cuddles with that smile is priceless when picking him up! The girls did a collage of his fascination with the mirror which was simply too cute 😀
06-07-2015 15:32 #23
I'm positive he will be fine, the staff are amazing, it's only a small centre with 20 kids max so it will be a nice setting. Some kids aren't in for school holidays so even smaller at the moment. I have been told to call as many times as I like, probably call about an hour after we leave to see how he settled but then I'll be picking him up early.
No tears in front of him haha
We will get our communication book tomorrow so that's going to be good 😊
07-07-2015 08:43 #24
We dropped DS off about 9. He got straight into playing, didn't care when we said bye. Gave me a kiss and kept playing. Just rang to check how he's going and he's playing some of the other toddlers having a ball. 😊 no tears from DS or me so that's good lol
13-07-2015 19:10 #25
How's he going now?
13-07-2015 19:45 #26
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14-07-2015 13:32 #27
He didn't manage a sleep at childcare today. He's in bed at home. They gave him lunch and his bottle and popped him to bed but he immediately got extremely upset and started screaming. They calmed him down and tried again but no luck so gave me a call and I went and picked him up. He was happy but very tired by the time I got there. So we will try again next week. I agree with them in the sense it's not worth him getting really upset at sleep time and we can just keep trying each week. He will eventually settle down and sleep.
14-07-2015 14:05 #28
It's completely normal for them to do really well at first and then protest. DS2 didn't sleep at childcare for quite a while - and there was nothing I could suggest as at home he just climbs into bed and goes to sleep. But he settled in and has a lovely routine now.
Even DS1 - who is 3.5 - has weeks where he does not want to go. Last week he cried at every drop off which broke my heart, but he ends up having a lovely day and plays with all his friends.
14-07-2015 14:42 #29
25-04-2016 10:51 #30Senior Member
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Thought I would revive this thread instead of starting a new one.
My DD 3yo is starting child care tomorrow. We had our second child 3 weeks ago and DH is starting back at work tomorrow as well and I'm just wracked with anxiety today.
We did an orientation with DD last Friday, dropped her off for an hour and when I went back to get her she was bawling her eyes out. Now she says she doesn't want to go. I'm trying so hard to be positive but she can probably sense my anxiety.
Does anyone have any advice to get me through? We're going to drop her off at 8:30 then DH will go to work. They have lunch around 11:30 then quiet time/ naps until 2. DD doesn't have any naps at home and she's such a fussy eater. I thought I'd leave her for lunch and see if she eats anything but pick her up before nap time around 12:30 because I'm sure she won't nap anyway. That way if she doesn't eat lunch there she can eat when she gets home.
Hoping to slowly extend her so she's eventually going 8:30 to about 3pm but I'm not sure whether to just leave her for that long on the first day or slowly work up to it.
Also do you send any special toys from home? I thought I'd let her take one toy but then what if other kids want it or she loses it and gets upset. What does everyone else do?
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