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    Hi everyone,
    I'm starting to look at options for childcare for DS next year when I return to work. He'll be 9 months. I have a tour booked in next week at a place across the road.
    My question is, what's it like when your child only attends one day a week? I read somewhere that it's harder for them to adjust because it's less regular. My mum and mil will be doing the other two days. Wondering whether I should have him in for two days instead. He's quite the clingy babe so I'm already worried.
    Anyone had any experiences?
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    My DD goes 2 days a week (she's 14 months and started at 7.5 months). I would have been happy with 1 day but my centre moved to a 2 day minimum before she started because they felt 1 day wasn't ideal in terms of attachment and adjustment. I can see their point now - a week is a big time in a toddlers life and I do think it would be harder for my DD to get used to it and get used to the carers only going once a week so I'm ok with 2 days now.

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    My DS started 1 day a week at around 10.5mths. Its not ideal but so far he's ok with it. DH has the kids the other weekday I work but occasionally he'll have to work so then DS goes an extra day. Depends on the child really. Try one day 1st then maybe move to 2

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    My centre have a 2 day minimum but I did notice he needed 2 days in a row or drop offs were terrible.

    He was clingy. For us 2 days worked. But it needed to be consecutive.

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    2 days are normally better if possible. But my ds is going one day and has been fine with just the one day

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    My centre have a 2 day minimum but I did notice he needed 2 days in a row or drop offs were terrible.

    He was clingy. For us 2 days worked. But it needed to be consecutive.
    I have wondered this too. We currently do Tuesday and Friday as that is all I could get but I do wonder if consecutive days would work better.

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    Crap, was hoping that was not the case. If I put him in for a second day it would be on a day that I'm home. Bit of a waste of money, although the extra time to do groceries/clean would be nice. Maybe I'll only put him in for a few hours on the first day. @Purple Poppy how old is your DS? Is he generally whiny/clingy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BB77 View Post
    Crap, was hoping that was not the case. If I put him in for a second day it would be on a day that I'm home. Bit of a waste of money, although the extra time to do groceries/clean would be nice. Maybe I'll only put him in for a few hours on the first day. @Purple Poppy how old is your DS? Is he generally whiny/clingy?
    He is 2.5yrs not too clingy that I cant do anything but can throw some massive tantrums!! He has always been a child that is happy to go off and play where my dd always needed me to play with her and I dont think she would have coped going one day

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingermillie View Post
    I have wondered this too. We currently do Tuesday and Friday as that is all I could get but I do wonder if consecutive days would work better.
    For us it did. He tends to need to group things and get it over and done with in one go. I think for some kids it does not bother them as much.

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    My DS start daycare at the start of this year at 16 months, one day a week he still cries when we leave but is fine after we have left. He really enjoys going. We only put him in to socialise with other kids.

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