Time to start thinking about nursery!

Although Bee won’t be 2 until September, I know it is time to start thinking about nursery. The popular nursery’s end up with long waiting lists so it is best to get names down sooner rather than later.

The question really is when should she start? All children have a free entitlement to funded childcare when they are 3-4 years old but I think we are also eligible for 2 year old funding  now that I am no longer working and our income isn’t that high anymore. I do need to check that, but is it a good idea for her to start so young? Having said that, as she is a September baby I think she wouldn’t be able to start until the following January.

My concerns stem from my experience with Munchkin. She was a June baby and she started nursery the following September. At that time we were eligible for 2 year old funding due to the area we lived in. The first week was a breeze. Other children were screaming and crying and Munchkin was relatively calm.

Then after a week all hell broke loose.

She would wake up crying that she didn’t want to go.

She would cry so much she would vomit at the nursery even before I left her.

That progressed to being sick at home and in the car.

That was it.

I was so not having sick all over my car.

We decided it wasn’t worth it and pulled her out. She didn’t HAVE to go nursery. I was only working part time and my parents were looking after her while I was at work.

And it was the best decision we made.  Why make her suffer for no reason?

We tried again when she turned 3. And no problems.

No major crying tantrums, and best of all no sick!

Bee on the other hand is a very different child. As I am now a stay at home mum, we go to groups almost every day so she is learning to socialise with other children and she is already so much more confident than her sister was at this age.

So today I put her name down for a local nursery. They do not take children until they are 2 years and 9 month so we still have a year to go. The nursery is attached to an adventure playground and a small farm and they hold a toddler group there once a week. The children from the nursery also only attend once a week.

Today we decided to try out the toddler group and Bee loved it! She wandered off and left me too it (although I was following her around as shes still a bit little for some of the play things they have). It makes me think she will do fine at nursery once she starts.

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And then they opened the farm for an hour! They had sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, a goat, ducks, chicken, and even a Turkey (and boy was he slightly ugly)!

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Although I didn’t get to visit the actual nursery we saw the children playing out, and I have to say they had a huge play area and all the children looked like they were having lots of fun!

Hopefully Bee will get a place here as I think she will enjoy it so much with the play area and the animals! The lady seemed to think she should get a space! Fingers crossed!

 

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24 Comments

  1. June 12, 2014 / 7:38 am

    Each child is different and have their own personality, its good to go with what is best suited for each child differently. The photos are lovely.

  2. June 12, 2014 / 9:06 am

    love your photos! Each child is ready at different times – i think you should go by the child not what everyone else is doing

  3. June 12, 2014 / 9:35 am

    What lovely photos. Echoing the others do what is best for your child x

  4. June 12, 2014 / 11:15 am

    I really hope you get a place and that she enjoys going. Sounds like she will take to it, your so right about all children being different. My daughter started at 14 months old, it too about 3 months to settle her in but now she thrives on it.

  5. June 12, 2014 / 12:10 pm

    Fabulous post, every child is different. I am afraid that both my two were horrendous at nursery and it was quite possibly the most traumatic period of my life. Now that they are 17 and 13 I can see it had no lasting effect but I wish I had had more confidence back then to say “no” and keep them at home a bit longer. xx

  6. Lisa Prince (@BEAUTY_IIAO)
    June 12, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    aw best of luck , she will love it , my son ran into his nursery when starting he starts full time in september but my eldest daughter was very nervous , eventually they grow to learn x

  7. Mums do travel
    June 12, 2014 / 1:04 pm

    I think you just have to follow your instincts and see what’s best for each individual child. Well done for pulling your other child out of nursery when it clearly wasn’t working for any of you.

  8. June 12, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    Every child is different aren’t they and fingers crossed you have a smoother transition period this time around.
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  9. June 12, 2014 / 5:03 pm

    Its a scary time I know my 4 year old starts school this September .x

  10. June 12, 2014 / 9:26 pm

    How cute does she look.

    Each kid does everything at their own pace, good luck x

  11. June 12, 2014 / 9:52 pm

    It’s so true that they all come to it in their own time and it’s great that you were able to pull your daughter out when you thought she wasn’t ready. It’s so hard when they first start isn’t it?

  12. Pinkoddy
    June 13, 2014 / 6:02 am

    I agree that each child is different – my youngest two children went from 2 and loved it (they only started with one day a week) – and they went at different times giving me more quality one to one time with the other.
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  13. June 13, 2014 / 12:16 pm

    Kids are very different. What works for one does not always works for the other. What is good is to allow each one to be ready for the change.
    Looking at Bees, it looks like she’ll love it.
    Keep us posted and in the meantime, have a lovely weekend. xx
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  14. June 14, 2014 / 7:59 pm

    like others have said only you know what is right. We were really lucky that Wilf loved nursery when he started at 18m! x

  15. June 16, 2014 / 7:12 pm

    You sound like you have figured out what’s best for your little one. After all you will know best. Our children will soon be off in school all day so enjoy the time at home with her for as long as possible – I wish I had.

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