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3 full days or 5 half days at nursery?

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cakeandcava Tue 05-Mar-13 10:27:53

I'm in the process of sorting out childcare and work arrangements for when I go back to work next January. DS will be 14 months then. I'm lucky in that my employer has a generous flexible work policy, and I'm wondering what the best way of arranging things would be.

I will be going part time and having DS in nursery -just after some opinions on what you think is the better option? Three full days in nursery and two days completely off with me, or five mornings in nursery (9am - 1pm) and then the afternoon with me?


insancerre Wed 06-Mar-13 20:19:33

I am a nursery nurse years of over 20 years experience and my advice would be to do what is best for your family.
Children are very good at adapting and will fit into any routine that they find themselves in.
Do what works best for you- your DS will benefit from going to nursery and from spending time with you too- it doesn't really matter which way round you do it- 3 days or 5 half days.
I would be wary of any nursery that does not allow you to send a child for half days. It sounds like they are putting their needs for making money before your needs or your child's needs.

cubmum Fri 03-Apr-15 23:03:57

Hiya, could I revive this post as I have exactly the same question - 5 half days or 3 full days - except i will be on mat leave with newborn. Ds will be 15 months then. Hes pretty active and confident loves playgroups gets bored with me. Thanks!

TakeMeUpNorthMountain Fri 03-Apr-15 23:12:10

5 x half days. Much easier for your child to settle into nursery, develop a routine.

TakeMeUpNorthMountain Fri 03-Apr-15 23:17:31

Oh sorry, didn't appreciate that you have revived on old thread.

I still think 5 half days would be best. That's a lot for a little 15 month old, he'll be exhausted by the end of the week!

He'll surely nap immediately after nursery so that gives your more time.

Nannyplum2015 Sun 05-Apr-15 09:00:54

For your benefit I would say 3 days but for your sons 5 half days, for a couple of reasons.

First it would mean less time he has to wait to see you which should reduce depredation anxiety, and secondly he would be going to nursery little and often which will help with settling, rather than waiting four days to go again. This will again reduce the deprecation anxiety and help him settle.

KeepSmiling83 Tue 07-Apr-15 19:37:44

I am in the same position except my DD is older and currently does 4 mornings a week. I am due to give birth any day and will keep my DD going 4 mornings a week. I am not looking forward to getting 2 children up and out each morning but it will be nice to spend some time each day 1:1 with the baby. Also, around here a lot of baby groups are in the morning so I plan to go to them with baby and then spend the afternoons doing things for my older child.

My DD did originally do full days and from a selfish point of view I found it harder to leave her all day and felt guilty (even though I had to work) whereas now when I drop her off I never feel as bad as its only for a few hours at a time.

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