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I left Emily there for a whole day, called once to see if she was fine. I missed her and wondered what she was doing all day, but dropped her off at 8.30am and picked her up at 4.30pm....

So, did you do what I did and just throw your child into it or did you do a few introductory days....?

Is OVER rude people


I left Emily there for a whole day, called once to see if she was fine. I missed her and wondered what she was doing all day, but dropped her off at 8.30am and picked her up at 4.30pm....

So, did you do what I did and just throw your child into it or did you do a few introductory days....?


My girls started today. It was a 2 hour session. They're going again on Friday and it will be 4 hours. THen again on Monday and it will be a full day. That's just the way the childcare centre does it. Personally I think they do it more for the parents than for the kids that way.......
On my sons first day he just stayed for the whole day. We had been for a couple of visits first but only for half an hour or so smile
Both went the whole day from their fist day however I was offered an intro session but declined as I knew they would be fine. Both mine have been in childcare since really young due to study and work commitments though so it's slightly different to a toddler who has never left mum's side.
I left my son the whole day as I knew the careers and so did my son.
When I was filling out forms etc I left him in the room and they said it didnt bother him so I was happy to leave him the whole day.
I left DD for the whole day, she was only 11 weeks old roll eyes

I cried and cried and cried some more hahaha but she had a fantastic day and slept for 2hrs <img src='https://www.huggies.com.au/forum/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/dry.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='<_<' /> I couldn't get her to sleep for more than 30mins at home!!
DDs first day she did about 3 hours and i picked her up at lunch time.
the next day she did about 5 hours and ever since then she does about 6 hours. i dont like leaving her much longer than that as i feel bad! however after her not wanting to come home on tuesday afternoon im thinking maybe i should be leaving her a bit longer!
when ds started childcare we stayed for an hour then left him alone for an hour. he was 6 months old though. i swear they do it more for the parent than the kids. i was an absolute mess and they told me that the mum nearly always tears up the first day.
we always recommend that parent visit with kids and spend lots of time settling kids in but then again they don't always do it and just drop kids off..... your daughter must be a very cruisy baby. smile
I definitely did lead up time. 2 months of it!! For a month we went for morning tea once a week (I stayed with her). Then we did a fortnight of visiting twice a week for a play and morning tea. The fortnight before I left her a whole day I began by leaving her for 2 hours twice in that week then the week before she started I took her over, put her to sleep there and when she woke she played for a few hours. The following day I took her over and left her to play, the carer put her to sleep and I collected her when she woke up.

We've had no dramas with her settling in (ie I am the only one who cried when I dropped her off for her first full days.....)
Our ds was 5.5 months when he started for one day a week. The first day we dropped him off at 8am and picked him up at 4:30pm. I did call to see how he was going and I was pretty anxious all day. He was a very happy baby so I new he would be absolutely fine. He had also been around LOTS of people since the day he was born and had no problems with new people.
After a few weeks we were offered a 2nd day and then after about 4 months we put him in for 3 days. He is now 28 months and still going 3 days a week. He loves it there. I can spend half an hour there morning and afternoon playing with him and all his friends and trying to drag him out in the afternoon when they are closing LOL.
DD stayed the whole day, she gave me a quick kiss and cuddle and off she went, she didnt even look back. Her teacher rang me once and i rang once. She's a very social lil girl and we have never had any problems with her.
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