Heather - posted on 01/27/2014 ( no moms have responded yet )
My kids (3.5yrs, and 19months) just started a new daycare this month, 1-2 days a week. They had been going to another daycare for over a year up until the end of December. They loved the previous place but the owner had to retire due to health reasons. The new daycare was recommended by our previous daycare provider and the kids seemed to fit right in when we went to "check it out," last month. I expected there to be a transition period with starting a new place, but they seem to be reacting worse and worse with each time I take them. To be fair, today was only their 5th day going since the beginning of the month but as I said, their reaction to going is getting worse and worse...not progressively better. My husband says when he picks them up, they seem to be okay, happy to see him but interacting/playing. There's been a few things/interactions that I haven't been impressed with but I know I probably wouldn't even be giving it a second thought if my kids went skipping in to daycare excited to start the day. I feel like the "staff" at this (in home) daycare aren't as loving as the previous place. They just stand there and stare as I try to tear my kids from my legs to get their shoes and coats off. I've watched one of the teachers threaten "time out" to a kid when he wouldn't help pick up. She threatened a time out to the same kid (from across the room) for hitting. Now- I have NO problem with time outs BUT....threatening for not helping pick up doesn't seem like proper use and if a kid is hitting...wouldn't approaching the kid, intervening, explaining the behavior is not okay and then do a time out....be the right way to handle it...not threatening across the room. I felt like I should give the kids 2-3 month to transition but now I'm second guessing myself. I wonder from other mom's how long it took for their kids to get used to a new daycare.