DD who has just turned 2 has her first full day in a new room at nursery today. She normally loves nursery, but was crying and very clingy when I took her in today.
She's moved into the group for 2 - 3 year olds, but she still seems so little! Nursery wanted to move her up a few weeks ago when the bigger ones left to start school, but I asked if they could wait a while as she still wasn't 2 and we were going away on holiday for a few days which would break up the settling in period.
The other children who have moved up are 2.3, 2.4 and although DD is a very bright, confident little girl, I think that those extra couple of months do make a difference.
I know that she will be fine, but I feel very today!!
The little ones that have just moved into DS's room (18 months - 3 years, but then divided again into two groups) look teeny tiny and a bit overwhelmed by it all. Within the week they are all running round like loons too though !
My ds moved up to next room a few months ago and although it was a bit difficult the first few times now I can honestly say he is happier than he was in the baby room. He goes in without a backward glance now and seems much happier with so much more to do and older children to copy/follow around!
I'm sure she will settle in soon. What helped with my ds was for us to go on and on about what a big boy he was and how exciting it was to be in the big room and not with the babies anymore. For a while if asked how old he was he would announce proudly "2 - big boy!"!
she'll be better off, mine have got more unhappy when they need to move up a room but have to wait. if they get bored you've had it, so it's better for them to be slightly ahead than the other way round.
one thing you could try is bringing her in just as it opens so the room isn't hectic. Then she will feel like she "owns" the room as the children are dropped off, rather than having to enter a busy room.
My DD was very unhappy about moving up and I didn't find nursery staff helpful at all about this. It took DD to move to 'big room' three months because they kept taking DD back to 'toddler room' when she cried or asked to be back. (i have left this nursery now, many more other reasons). I never knew which room she'll be in the evening and this moving around was very confusing for her. With supportive staff/keyworker it will take little while but she'll be fine, she'll get used to it and loves to be in big room! Even my DD loved it in the end