Preparing toddler for nanny's departure
Anyone have experience with preparing a <2 year old for the loss of a caregiver?
Our beloved sitter/nanny has been with us since my 21 month old was about 6 months. She'll be moving out of state at the end of next month. We have already started my daughter a couple days a week at the daycare she'll be attending in lieu of hiring another nanny, and she's doing quite well there so I'm not worried about the transition on that end. What I'm wondering about is how to handle the topic with my daughter as the time approaches.
My plan right now is less about preparing, I guess, and more about helping her process- telling her the nanny is in her new house, having a picture of them around for her to look at if she wants. Grandparents are not local so she's used to people being not-here, but this is the first time someone who has been such an important, regular part of her life will be disappearing. My heart is kind of broken already thinking that hers will hurt from this loss. Any tips or experiences would be appreciated.