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Need advice - toddler at creche

Tina Desai
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Joined: Mar 13, 2003
Posts: 365
Hi friends,

Once again Im turning to you all for your valuable advice.

Im a parent of a toddler. We both work. Our child was with a nanny till recently.
She left suddenly and we had to put him in a creche.
He is learning new things but is having little trouble settling in..
he is eating ok and sleeping less.. at home he sleeps for 2-2.5 hours
and in creche only 1 hours.. so when one of us brings him home, he is tired and sleepy and hungry..

Im sure many of you have been through this.. how did you tackle?
what did you do?

I talked to few friends personally.. they have support of some or the other family member.
Some are not as sensitive as me probably. They dont get the point.
I, however, sometimes find it difficult to concentrate on work..

I cannot help thinking to be at home with him.. till he is 4/5 years old.
And on other hand Im not sure where this can end.. that time I will have some other restrictions.

Any help is welcome

Thanks again.


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Ben Souther

Joined: Dec 11, 2004
Posts: 13410

My own daughter did much better once we got her in pre-school/daycare.
The chance to interact with other kids their own age is a great thing for kids.

Keep up the good work.
Give her some time to adjust to the new surroundings.
Before long, you'll probably have to drag her out of there at the end of the day.
Have fun with her when you get her home.

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Henry Wong

Joined: Sep 28, 2004
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Hey cool... just learned a new word -- "creche". I guess this word isn't common where I am at (new york).

BTW... how is the word pronounced?


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Pushkar Choudhary

Joined: May 21, 2006
Posts: 425

Henry Wong wrote:just learned a new word -- "creche". I guess this word isn't common where I am at (new york).

I think it's quite common in India, at least the places where I've lived, i.e. Mumbai and Bangalore.

Henry Wong wrote:BTW... how is the word pronounced?

I'll give it a try.
The first part "cre" is pronounced as "kre" as how you would pronounce "bre" in "bread".
The the latter part "che" would be how you would pronounce "sh" in "crush".

Here's the dictionary reference for the word "creche".
Maneesh Godbole
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Joined: Jul 26, 2007
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You need to confirm the child is getting less sleep because of the shift from Nanny to creche. There could be other reasons too. Like Ben said, the excitement of having lots of other kids to interact and play with could be one of the reasons. Are you in India? Is it hot where you are? I am suffering from temperatures as high as 40C. It is not exactly easy to fall asleep in this weather. The heat saps your energy and you feel tired.

Does the creche have a policy of "sleep hours" for small children in the afternoon? Or are they allowed to do as they wish. When our daughter was around this age, we too had enrolled her in a creche. They used to forbid all toys during siesta hours. All the curtains were drawn, kids made to lie down and soft music played on the speakers. Naturally the children tended to doze or at least relax.

It might be a good idea to talk to the teachers at the creche. Having seen good many children, they are usually right in judging if the child is getting proper relaxation.
And yes, stop worrying.

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Campbell Ritchie

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Common word in Britain usually pronounced craish; the CR is obvious, the first E like a long A in "cane" the CH as in French like sh, and the final E is silent.
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In the middle of the U.S., I've mostly heard the term used referring to a nativity scene with baby Jesus, and it rhymes with "fresh".

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