New daycare room

Amy - posted on 03/25/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi there,



I'm looking for some help. My son recently moved from the infant room at his daycare to the toddler room because he turns 1 this weekend. Before the change, we had him home for a couple of weeks because of vacation time, spring break, etc. So it's his first week and he is having a very hard time adjusting -- he just cries and cries (and he is not a crier) when I leave. He loved being in the infant before this so this is not something we expected.



Have any of you been through something like this before? if so, what did you do to help? I am thinking of taking some time off work next week to spend a little time with him at daycare but didn't know if that's a good way to go.



Thanks!

Amy

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Carolyn - posted on 03/26/2009

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Hi I actually work as a manager in a daycare nursery. Are all the nursery nurses in the toddler room the same as infant room or have they completely changed? if they have he may just feel unsure cos he doesnt know the staff and did he have a favourite member of staff in the other room could they help settle himat the begining of the day? Staying for a while with him may help especially if he is picking up on you rfeelings when you come to leave him. It will get easier as he gets used to it everything may just look bigger to him! I also have 2 children myself and find it just as hard leaving my son in his nursery room and i work there! hope this advice helps!

Amy - posted on 03/26/2009

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Thanks, everyone! The people at daycare have been really great about helping him. They are going to start him out in the infant room with a few of his friends with his new teacher and then gradually bring him over to the other room. It's nice to hear that others have gone through this too!

Marcy - posted on 03/25/2009

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i agree with catherine and sarah, it is a normal reaction to a change and taking time off and spending time with him at daycare will only make it worse. my son is 4 1/2 and sometimes if he is home on vacation or sick for a few days, or sometimes on a monday he is still very clingy and cries when i leave, but the teacher says it last like a minute.

Sarah - posted on 03/25/2009

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I work in the 1 year old room at my childcare. it is just going to take some adjusting on both of your parts. Most children do cry whenever they transition up to the next aged room, especially that first time from the infants to toddlers.

As a teacher I say until the child is used to getting dropped off in the new classroom it is easiest if mom firmly says "i love you, I will pick you up after work" and leaves. As a parent I understand that it pulls on your heartstrings but honestly most kids will cry 15 minutes MAX at drop off and then are wonderful and having so much fun the rest of the day.

Catherine - posted on 03/25/2009

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It could be that he just needs to readjust to the new routine. Did other kids he knows move up too? Is there a different napping schedule? What is he like after you leave? My daughter never had problems when I left until she turned one(ish) and then it was a meltdown everyday until about 18 months. Although it seemed cold, the quicker you disengage at drop off the less of a fit he may throw. What do the teachers say?

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