This post was created in partnership with Kids & Company.
Sending your little ones off to childcare is a rite of passage all working families experience at some point in time. After spending a busy 14 months with my twin boys, it was time for me to return to work, outside of the home.
It’s fabulous, one week prior to their start date Kids & Company does a transition period. The idea is for the staff and children to get to know each other and for the parents to also help in this transition period. My twins still take a morning and afternoon nap, so we organized our visits around their schedule as they will continue the same schedule once they started care. The first few days we visited for an hour during play time and the start of lunch. The boys interacted with the other children and staff, while I was able to tell the teachers a little more about my babies, aside from what is included in their get-to-know-you package. The boys got to take part in eating a nutritious hot meal too, what a break that was for me.
The third day of transition, I left the boys for approximately 3 hours. They played with their new friends, were put down for nap and had a bit of lunch. My boys repertoire of food is very limited so I have been excited for them to start daycare, where they can not only get a huge variety of food that I wouldn’t be able to prepare at home, but they would eat family style with their classmates. My hope is that new eating habits will emerge simply by being part of a group. I’ve seen it with my older son who attends the centre for over 2 years now. He sits down at the table with his friends, where he serves the milk himself in each of their cups and spoons out the food onto each other’s plates! This rarely happens at home but I am confident that he is getting the nutrition he needs while at the centre as he often doesn’t get the same at home. The twins are already slowly getting used to and trying new foods. They are even drinking milk with their meals from a cup – something they have not done at home for me!
The last day of transition, the boys attended for the entire day. Not only was this a great dry run for the week to come, me being close by to answer any questions, but I was able to get out and get some errands done to get ready for my return to work. We were given a suggested list of items to bring to the centre including extra clothes, diapers, diaper cream, sunscreen, outerwear, special snacks they like and anything in particular they might need to sleep. The daycare is open to the boys having their breathing monitors in their daycare cribs. Along with the free internet video monitoring in the sleep and play rooms, I feel assured they are getting great personalized care that meets their individual needs. When you sign up at the centre you are given Kids & Company Mabel’s Labels to label all of their gear and a personalized crib blanket! It’s such a cool bonus and one less thing to cross off my list.
The boys have completed their first week in the infant room and have both shown improvement in adapting to a new place, people and food. I’m feeling good about it. The stand out points for the week include, going for a nature walk, doing crafts and sensory play, singing songs, reading books and playing outside. Being a twin mom I often don’t get to do much but feed, change and put them to bed, I’m amazed at what the centre can do with 10 toddlers!
Although change takes time, I know the boys are in the best place they can be aside from my care. Kids & Company has helped make the transition easier. My three boys attend full time and are thriving. There’s not much more I can ask for – except attending with them!
With locations all across Canada, Kids & Company is a high-quality care and early development centre providing care for infants up to before and after school. It started under the leadership of two moms (one with 8 children!), who felt there was a need for flexible care options in a setting with amazing teachers, community, proven development programs and an understanding of today’s families. Whether it’s their Grab ‘n’Go snacks, parent workshops, or their complimentary care for date nights and shopping days outside of regular hours, nothing has been forgotten.
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kids & Company. While compensation was provided, all opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the opinions of Kids & Company.