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The big return: How to ease the kids back into crèche

While lots of families are relieved childcare facilities are finally re-opening, going back can still be an anxious time for parents and children

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Melissa McDermott with her children Skyler, Piper and little brother Cobie as the girls get ready to return to creche. Photo: Frank McGrath

Melissa McDermott with her children Skyler, Piper and little brother Cobie as the girls get ready to return to creche. Photo: Frank McGrath

Melissa McDermott with her children Skyler, Piper and little brother Cobie as the girls get ready to return to creche. Photo: Frank McGrath

With childcare services starting to re-open next week, there's a real sense of life returning to normal. Except of course this is the new normal. Crèche drop-offs will be different, parents kept at bay, classes may be smaller.

Children often cope better than most with change, but it would be perfectly understandable if, after just getting used to spending every moment of the day at home with mam and dad, some little ones decided they weren't ready for their new normal when Monday comes around.

Dublin mum-of-three Melissa McDermott will be dropping her two eldest children, Skyler Kelly (5) and Piper Kelly (3) back to their crèche on Monday. "The eldest is fine, she knows she's going back and she just wants to see her friends, but the three-year-old is a little bit anxious," explains Melissa. "She knows that not everything is going to be the way it was and I've been trying to explain to her how I won't be able to go into the room with her now. She's enjoyed being at home and the other day she said to me 'will we just stay at home forever?' Monday is definitely going to be... eventful."