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I WOH part-time. My kiddos have both been home with Grandma (my mom) or Grandpa (FIL). On rare days a few close friends or my sister have filled in. But DD starts preschool on Tuesday and DS will also be attending the same program one morning a week. Grandma will still be doing the lions share of child care. This is a wonderful program, min. of Bachelor's degreed lead teacher in every room, cool naturally based outdoor play space, totally developmentally appropriate/play/child based classes. They do a nice blocks of time scheduling system that enables me to only pay for what I need but still be able to add time if my mom can't make a day or something. I feel very comfortable about the care they will be receiving. But it's still hard on ME to be leaving them in daycare! What do I need to be thinking of/aware of that I might be forgetting? How do I help DS make the transition from the one on one Grandma care he has been receiving to a center? (Although they are a 1 to 2 ratio in the infant room) What about DD and her first time away in a group setting? Right now she's mostly geeked about her new lunch box <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Thanks!
 

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Agewise, I'm not sure if you need anything specific. The biggest thing (I think) is the socialization they'll be getting with all of the other kids. You'll be surprized at how much they learn! I know I'm surprized at the things DD does at school every day--even ordinary things like sitting quietly at the table while they are having snacks. I've come in a few times during snack and it is so cute to see all the little kids at the table, sitting there with their juice and pretzels or whatever snack is!<br><br>
I love my daughters school--she's been there over 2 years now (she is 28 months) and they are a big part of our community and support system.
 
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