We started at the new day care centre on Monday. I can't say it was a complete success. Elissa didn't sleep at all and was a horror that evening. Charlie said he'd had fun, but gave a flat "No" when asked if he was happy to go back next week. Charlie also came home without all of his spare clothes. His bag was completely empty. So far there is no sign of said clothes.
Elissa went back on Wednesday (Charlie only goes one day a week) and screamed the place down when I left. Apparently she was crying on and off in the latter half of the afternoon, and still only slept for 45 minutes. This morning she started whinging and refusing to go before we even left the house. That's never happened before. It wasn't looking good. When we got there, she was still reluctant, but when we left, rather than screaming tragedy, we just got hang dog miserable face. I'll take my improvements where I can get them.
This afternoon, however, she was all bubbles and asking when she could go back. Apparently something clicked today and she felt more comfortable. I don't know how long she slept, but at least she wasn't that fragile, irritating child that lack of sleep normally induces.
I'm cautiously optimistic that this will work well. I'm definitely happy to be down 5 lunches a week and only 5 minutes from day care.