Our in-home daycare provider gave us her 2 weeks notice on Wednesday, completely out of the blue. Now that her youngest is a senior in high school, she's found a 9-5 job. To top it off, her holiday schedule means that we have 2 more days with her (Dec 28 & 29th) due to many days off.
We have a 17 month old girl who has been going 5 days/week since she was ~3 months old. We also have a 4 year old boy who went 5 days a week until this year, when he started preschool 4 days/week but still did daycare 1 day/week. Both kids absolutely adore our daycare lady.
We haven't yet told our oldest about the change, hopefully until we have a firm plan. Ideally he'll be able to do preschool on the 5th day as well, though it would be in a different class. And with the holidays, we may not have a firm answer before his school break starts next Friday. Our youngest may start going to his preschool as well, or we will find another in-home provider for her.
We want him to start being able to process this, but without introducing too much anxiety of "we have no idea what the plan is yet". Our youngest is too young to really discuss it with, but we'd like to help her as much as possible as well. How can we make this transition as easy/anxiety-free/non-traumatic as possible for them?