My baby will be going to daycare when he is 14 months old from 8am-4pm every day. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions to make this transition easier for him? He's never been left with anyone but my parents a handful of times for quick trips like getting a haircut, running out to a store, etc. He seemed to do ok but my parents reported he was uneasy while I was gone. Understandable.
Our 5-day transition schedule set out by the daycare is to start with 2 hours with a parent present, the next day 3 hours (2 hours with parent, 1 with parent away), and it works up from there and his first full, alone day will be on the 6th day.
....Another question is, is it appropriate for daycare workers to hug the children? I've been asked how I normally comfort him if he's upset, I normally carry him around with me or hold him if he's upset. I've met the workers already and it's a pretty high-end daycare, so I would suggest to them to do the same, but is this something that's normally asked of childcare workers?
Thanks in advance :)