Top ten: Tips to surviving Swedish day care

Day care, (dagis in Swedish), can be a minefield of tears, tantrums, and transformations - and that's just the parents. The Local's Patrick Reilly draws on his own experience as a father to provide the top ten tips to surviving.

Top ten: Tips to surviving Swedish day care

Going to day care (dagis) is a Swedish institution up there with singing Abba’s Happy New Year on December 31st and chowing down some herring during midsummer.

New research shows that over half of the one-year-olds in Sweden attended day care last year. That’s an increase of 17 percent from 2005. Dagis, while not quite mandatory, is accepted as a fundamental part of your child’s development.

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But what if the Swedish system designed for your infant is an alien concept for the parents? For many foreign arrivals into this country it takes some getting used to. Just how do you get through it?

The Local’s Patrick Reilly, who has recently experienced his child going to Swedish day care first hand, lists the top ten tips to help new parents to survive dagis.

Click here for The Local’s guide on how to get to grips with Swedish kindergarten.

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