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Well, DS is getting better with the daycare situation...he has gone from 8 - 5 two days this week, and it hasn't been too bad, accept when the other children go down for their afternoon naps (he naps in the morning). When our DCP is trying to settle the other children into bed, DS starts screaming REALLY loudly and doesn't stop until the other kids get up. As a result, the other children aren't getting their naps because DS is keeping them awake. AGH!<br><br>
How do caregivers deal with this? Mine is new to the childcare business and I feel that she may be getting overwhelmed by DS's need for one on one time and reassurance and the needs of the other three children...I hate the thought of having to change caregivers, but I'm concerned that four kids may be too much for our DCP, as much as I really like her...<br><br>
Anyhoo, just rambling to get it off my chest.
 

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My babe likes to keep other kiddos up too!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> How long has your dc gone to day care? Maybe it is just still new? Can your day care provider wear you babe in a carrier of some sort to keep them near her while she is tending to the others? Is your babe still little enough for a swing or bouncy seat so they could watch your dcp if she is unwilling or unable to wear a carrier? (I'm sorry - I didn't look at age of your babe...) I hope this helps and hang in there!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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DS is nearly 18 months, and yes he's only been going three days a week for a week now. DCP was wearing DS for walks, but I think she's forgotten that option for managing around the house when DS needs reassurance and the other children need her. I'm doing the dropoff tomorrow (DH normally does them), so I'll have a good talk with her to see if we can come up with a plan to help her and DS get used to the situation.
 

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I'm at a larger center, but I think the attitude is sort-of - It's the DONE thing. After lunch, we all take our shoes off and we all lie on our cots and we go nappies. If anyone is having a really tough time they rub their backs or hold them a little bit. Sometimes one provider can rub two backs or hold two hands. The only time it's every REALLY been an issue is when the parents are invited for lunch - then it's hard for the kids to let go. In that case there may be a little holding of one while the others are put on cots. We have 2 providers for 8-10 kids (2-3 yo) so they have a little lee-way if one needs extra attention. Not sure that is helpful. Does your DCP have a network of other professionals she could talk to? Maybe an online forum for at-home providers? It's good that you two are trying to problem solve together, but please don't feel like it's your fault or you are responsible for finding a solution ya know?
 

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Thanks for the feedback...it's really helpful to hear other child care professionals' opinions and ideas!
 

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At my daughter's school there are two teachers and at least one aide in each classroom so they had enough people for someone to lay with her and rub her back at nap time and they did for the whole first year. It took about a month and a half before she adjusted to nap time and now they still have to rub her back but she gets to sleep very quickly and happily and sleeps a lot longer than she does at home for a nap. It is also very scheduled, right after lunch it is time for nap and everyone lays down and they get back rubs if they need them. I also started to schedule her naps for right after lunch at home so she could get used to a routine nap.
 

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We are also trying to get DS to nap after lunch instead of in the mornings, so that he gets used to sleeping at the same time as the other kids. There are still lots of tears when we drop him off, but he seems to be happier during the day. Apparently he crawled into the stroller at daycare the other day and fell asleep, all on his own, LOL.<br><br>
Our DCP is hiring an assistant to come in from 12 - 6 starting in January, so I think that will make it easier for her to manage nap time when one or more of the kids doesn't want to nap. For now, DS does nap while he's there, but usually it's in the stroller on the way back from their outings. But that's better than not napping at all!
 
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