The Sweetest Year

My son makes every day sweeter! (poop explosions excluded)

Integration to daycare – my calendar

on November 14, 2012

I wanted to start daycare integration very slowly. I was very fortunate to have a place available two full months before my first day back at work. This slow integration was I think the key to ease my boy into his new environment. Be aware that not all daycares accept slow integration like this. Some ask for children to be put full time right away. Some asks for at least a full four hours a day. Ask your caregiver what they allow and work around that. If you think it’s too harsh or you’re not comfortable with it, ask to maybe go eat with them during the first day. Or if possible, maybe change daycare. I think a parent needs to be 100% confident they leave their child with a person they fully trust.

With that, here’s what the first weeks of daycare looked like for my son:

FIRST WEEK:  *2 short visits + 1 half day with lunch*
Mon: Off
Tue: 9h30-11h30   *He cried the first hour*
Wed: 9h30-11h30 *He cried 30 mins*
Thu: 9h30-12h30 *He cried 5 mins and had his first meal with them*
Fri: Off

SECOND WEEK:  3 half days with lunch.
Mon: Off
Tue: 9h30-12h30
Wed: 9h30-12h30
Thu: 9h30-12h30
Fri: Off

THIRD WEEK: *3 days with lunch and nap*
Mon: Off
Tue: 9h30-15h30 *Cried for 5-10 mins before nap*
Wed: 9h30-15h30 *No crying before nap!*
Thu: 9h30-15h30
Fri: Off

FOURTH WEEK: *2 days with naps + 1 full day*
Mon: Off
Tue: 9h30-15h30
Wed: 9h30-15h30
Thu: 9h30-16h30
Fri: Off

FIFTH WEEK *3 full days starting earlier*
Mon: Off
Tue: 8h-15h30
Wed: 8h-15h30
Thu: 8h-16h30
Fri: Off

SIXTH WEEK: *I ended up going back to work part time that week – 3 full days*
Mon: Off
Tue: 7h30-17h30
Wed: 7h30-17h30
Thu: 7h30-17h30
Fri: Off

SEVENTH WEEK: *3 full days – working part time*
Mon: Off
Tue: 7h30-17h30
Wed: 7h30-17h30
Thu: 7h30-17h30
Fri: Off

EIGHTH WEEK: *Back to work full time*
Mon: 7h30-17h30
Tue: 7h30-17h30
Wed: 7h30-17h30
Thu: 7h30-17h30
Fri: 7h30-17h30

On week six and seven, he was supposed to go from 8h-16h30 for 3-4 days because I knew I was going back to work on week 8. But work called and asked if I could come back part time two weeks prior. I jumped on the occasion because I wanted to gradually ease back into work. After a year at home, I want the shock of going back to work to be a bit less intense. It ended up being such a blessing because I gave me a 4 day weekend after my first 3 days and a 3 day weekend right before my first full week.

I’d say child and mother had their perfect integration.

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