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Have I put my 2-year-old in crèche too soon?

If your child is clingy, or cries a bit in the morning and evening, it could be due to stress associated with going to a new, unfamiliar environment. If your child enjoys playing with other children and is otherwise well adjusted to being in crèche, then the regressive behaviour can be weighed up against the positive aspects of going to crèche or daycare.

The stress your child experiences from crèche is not all bad: your child can use it to learn to cope better with new challenges. If your child's negative behaviour lasts the whole day long at crèche, then it is better to try a more relaxed environment at another facility. If your child only cries and acts up at the beginning of the day, then the crèche is fine and no change is needed. Your child will need a bit of support and understanding from you to cope with stress and with being separated from you for a significant amount of time. Once over the initial hurdle, your child will be more independent than before and less clingy.

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