switching daycare centers with a 3 year old?

Veronica - posted on 08/07/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am extremely fed up with our current daycare center, and I happened to be first on a waiting list at a center closer to home and they called with an opening starting in a month. We went and met the staff and toured the center, and I am in love with it - the activities they do are great, it's a minute from my house, and the communication between staff and parents is wonderful (that is my biggest concern with her current daycare). My daughter was really excited to check the new place out, and gets excited about the things they do there, and she even said she wanted to stay there. Then she goes back and forth, saying she doesn't want to leave her friends at the other center (which is understandable) and then back to wanting to go to the new place. At this point, I want to switch, but I don't want my daughter to be sad about leaving her friends and having to meet new people. I'll also note that for the past couple of weeks, when I drop my daughter off at daycare, she bawls like she is never going to see me again. I don't know why all the sudden she is acting this way. Is switching centers a big issue for a 3 year old? Should I be concerned about her and her friends? Or should I just do what I think is best as far as her care is concerned?

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Katherine - posted on 08/10/2012

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Of course she is going to cry! It's a huge change for her. What you can do though is make play dates with her old friends from the other daycare. I would jump on that. She is probably feeling extremely confused about it. I think making play dates would ease her mind. And you can make play dates with the kids at the new daycare too.

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