Would just like some other opinions. DGS is 22 months old and DIL is taking him for taster sessions at a local nursery. I'm not sure how often he has been. Apparently, mums stay with the toddlers and then go off for periods of time into another room so the child gets used to being with other children and staff. I believe this is common practice and DS tells me he thought it was a lovely environment when he first checked the nursery out.
I cannot go into details here but several months ago DIL cut herself off from DH and me for reasons best known to herself and not to me, DH or DS - which is quite irrelevant to this post, but it means I cannot speak to her directly so just get info about DGS from my son.
Apparently DGS simply does not settle and becomes extremely distressed when mum disappears into another room so she ends up having to stay thought the session with him. I'm sure the staff have experienced this sort of thing before, but DIL has got herself in a state apparently because other toddlers she knows go off happily to daycare and playgroup sessions. He is quite a bright, sensitive little boy and I have wondered whether he is just too young to cope with nursery? DS started at a playgroup when he was 2.5 years and he wouldn't settle so I eventually gave up! He happily started at a nursery school a year later. I don't want to 'stick my oar in' and suggest that DGS may be a tad too young to cope but a few months hence he may be.
DS says DIL has no plans to return to work just yet but she wants him to get used to being away from her for short periods of time.
What experience have other grans had with DGC and nurseries? Is it so unusual that a 22 month old won't settle?
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