My nearly 3 year old twins nap well at daycare and don't nap at home!!
My girls are allowed one sleep item from home eg toy, cuddly, blanket. They are confident, and nurturing teachers, so they try to have one teacher spend time time with my little ones (especially routine times as they can be quite scary/different for new children). Not pass them around. I worked in early childhood for 10 years and have not come across one child who cries all day.
My wee girl is 13 months and only at daycare two days a week and doesn't sleep well there (but is a very good sleeper at home). Sometimes I wonder if she just wants to get up and play and make the most of her time there. Her teachers now sit with her and rub her back until she falls asleep (usually only 5-10min now) and go back in when she’s ending the first sleep cycle to help her through to the next sleep cycle.
Our 1 year old sleeps fairly well at daycare, some days better than others. Our daycare has some fairy lights and soft lullabies in the cot room seems to settle the babies.
I've learnt that you have to be a bit flexible with daycare sleeps. Although we have a routine at home, I know they can't follow it exactly particularly when she's still in a cot at home and on a mat at daycare. We just try and keep the sleep cues as consistent as possible - sleeping bag and bunny for cuddles at home and daycare, with lullabies playing.
My daughter sleeps more at daycare than at home! Although, she will NOT sleep in the cot there so she sleeps in the pram instead. And god I don’t care – at least she has a decent 2 hour sleep instead of none! She is 11months old, breastfed (takes a bottle as well) and usually feeds to sleep so I’m pretty proud she sleeps so well for them!
I have a 13 1/2 month old boy, who has been at full time daycare for the last month. He does not sleep as long as he does at home, but that was to be expected. Our daycare is very accommodating and does what we do at home by putting him in his sleeping bag, with the safe t sleep and giving him his dummy. They also have some music playing. I think you have to expect that they will most likely not sleep like they do at home, but will have enough to get through the day, and some days will be better than others. Our boy also makes up for it on the weekend too, and once they adjust to the noises and changes you will see all the fun they have there during the day.
My 2yr old was a struggle to put to nap in the day. One week at daycare and he sleeps for 2hrs! Dammit feels like I'm paying for him to sleep.
My girl has been at daycare for 4 months (since 6 months) and screams her lungs out whenever the teachers try to put her into her cot or the sleep room or down anywhere for her sleep. They still hold her when she sleeps. She isn’t like that at home so I have no idea how to help them. The girls there are really good about it though and have said they will just take their time. Lol
My oldest started at daycare at 5 months and never really slept there. We tried everything and his teachers were fantastic but it just didn't work.. gave up worrying about it and just dealt with a tired baby. Youngest started at 4 months and naps as she would at home. Some kids are just too busy to nap there!
My 20 month old goes to day care one day a week. He has only recently started there and has slept on the two occasions he has been there. I put his favourite blanket in his bag and he sleeps with that.