Mira has been going to the school she is currently in since last February. She got moved to a new classroom in September, due to some logistical issues (they didn't have enough toddler teachers). Her current teacher is trained to deal with older kids, and I believe that in her previous work, dealt primarily with the pre-K set. Most of the kids in the classroom are around 3, and Mira will turn 3 in February.
The issue we've had has been with drop-offs. She won't let me go. Actually, it started off okay, because she had a new teacher/classroom, but knew several of the kids who were in the toddler room with her, and the assistant from there also transferred over. The assistant then had to go on medical leave, so they got a temp. Then, they got a permanent assistant, I think that was in the first or second week of November. Since then, the classroom has been relatively stable, except for her teacher being out sick, and then the holiday breeak, of course. We've had issues since the assistant she knew went out, back at the end of September/early October.
So, we're back to square one in terms of getting her to leave me voluntarily. She'll cling to me, won't let go of my leg, will say that she'll come with me to work. If I force her off me, there is major waterworks. She generally will not go to either her class teacher or the assistant. The only day we have no issues is Friday, when she has PE, and she loves, loves, loves her PE teacher (and to a lesser extent, her Spanish and Music teachers). I am going to implement some sort of reward system - If she doesn't create any drama for a whole week, she'll get a reward, maybe a trip to the park, or something. But, my gut tells me that I shouldn't have to do this 4 months into the semester, that this classroom and teacher are not a good fit for her, that I need to find a classroom with a teacher that is more soft/nurturing. From an academic sort of perspective, I have no complaints, her teacher does an excellent job of exposing the kids to art and music and science and geography, in addition to math and reading. I just think that she's got kind of a cold/distant personality, and it isn't helping matters any.
I'm considering switching her classroom, because it doesn't seem like an altogether great idea for her to continue in this classroom for another 3 years. Of course, she'll be losing friends and familiar environment, so it would have to be worthwhile. The other possibility is switching schools, which I am reluctant to do because then she'll lose her beloved PE teacher too. Of course, another classroom/school might offer all sorts of people and teachers that she'd love, but then again, it might not.