Over the last last two weeks I have been home with my daughter as she transitions between childcare situations.
During our first week, our days were busy but at times relaxing. We painted and read books, shared breakfast and played games of “chase” all before 9:30am. We also took long walks (and on the colder days visits to the mall), played in the local park, baked special treats like macaroons and muffins and visited local pools and play areas.
During our second week together, we started the transition to daycare. The centre’s policy is that a parent stay with the child for two half days to help integrate them into the program and allow them time to adjust to the new environment.
The second day, they ask the parent to leave and come back after an hour. So what did I do? Where did I go? I wandered aimlessly around the mall, stopped for a coffee and a muffin and waited for the hour to be up.
I should have enjoyed the moment, but all I could think about was — I wonder what she is doing? How is she doing? Is she playing nicely? Is she crying?
Cue drum roll please!
We loved it! From the time we arrived. We are super excited for a number of reasons – location, experience and just feedback from our friends and co-workers on the facility who have children there now and/or in the past. They made our little family so welcome from the moment we entered and really put our mind at peace during these initial days. We are expecting a few ups and downs, totally normal with daycare transition, but it isn’t anything we can’t handle!
Where you live, how hard is it to make childcare arrangements?
Here, in our city (not entirely clear on other parts of the country although I hear similar stories) finding childcare is one of the most difficult choices a new parent “to be” must face very very early on — I mean as early as finding out you are pregnant.
In September 2012, I found out I was pregnant and in October 2012, I added my unborn child to the centralized waiting list. Spots for under 12 months are limited and hard to get.
Thankfully, going back to work and finding an appropriate childcare provider did not end up being a huge concern for us, since we decided pretty early on to share a caregiver with our friends. BUT, can you believe that after two and a half years we were finally called that a spot was available for our little one.
Two and a half years later …..
But here we are today, and our first week of the daycare transition is coming to an end.
How’d it go?
She was excited! We were excited! It was great!
Well four days in and things seem to be going okay. A few “small hiccups” and crying moments, but when we pick her up after work she is as happy as can be. I found it difficult to pack up some of her items for her cubby hole.