7 September 2017

Little 3 goes to nursery

This week has been a special one for Little 3, at almost two and a half years old he has gone to nursery for the first time. 




He has been going to the childminder each morning for a few hours since I went back to work in February so it is not the first time he has been left. His childminders are lovely, a husband and wife team and they only have 3/4 toddlers in their care while he is there so he is used to lots of attention, a home environment and his lovely little friends there.

This year he is old enough to join the nursery unit at the school the girls go to and so he will go just two afternoons a week while I am doing my studies and remain at the childminder on the two mornings that I am working currently. We will still have plenty of time at home together while the girls are at school.



He settled in just fine at the childminders just before he turned two with no tears at all so I was hoping that he would be okay in this new environment too. The nursery is great with tiny wooden tables and chairs, a play kitchen and even a little slide indoors among other things and plenty to do outside too. It is the kind of nursery where you send them in their older clothes knowing that he will come home with sand in his pockets, playdough on his sleeves and paint in his hair having had a wonderful afternoon getting stuck into the things he likes to do best.



The only thing that worried me about this new environment was if other children were upset that it would upset him. He is a cuddly little boy and likes his reassurance but is not in the slightest bit clingy and loves to explore. He was fine at the childminders and settled immediately but I worry that if other children were upset or crying and he didn't have a secure base to go to for a cuddle he might be upset himself.

He has had two settling in sessions now and so far so good, he has walked in happily and come running out with a big smile on his face. He has been asking for more cuddles at home so I have made sure I have been giving him lots of attention and playing his favourite games.

It won't be long before he has settled right in and the good thing about it being the school nursery is he will move up to pre-school next September with many of the same children and hopefully go through school with the same friends he made in nursery.

There were supposed to be cute photos of him in his little uniform walking to nursery wearing his Thomas backpack which is almost as big as him however it was pouring with rain on both days this week and I opted for a dry toddler in the pushchair and when I asked him for a 'first day at nursery' picture he wanted to pose on the sofa instead!!

My boy is growing up.

22 comments:

  1. Such a big moment! I remember my eldest's first day, and he's 17 now! Time flies....

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  2. I remember my children's first day at nursery. I was far more upset than they were. There barely even gave me a backward glance as I stood on the threshold of their classroom a blubbering wreck (I may have embroidered the tale slightly).

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  3. It does bring a lump to the throat leaving them at the door doesn't it.

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  4. B had his first day at nursery today. He settled right in with no tears or anything, I was so shocked.

    I think its good for them so they get ready for school, which I just realised is a MASSIVE step from a few hours to an entire day! Little steps <3

    I hope your little one settles in super super soon x

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  5. Ahh thank you Louise. It is a big step up isn't. We are lucky that the nursery is linked to the school so he will be familiar with it before he moves up.

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  6. aww he sounds like my little guy, i call him my sensitive sausage as he gets upset when anyone around is upset.

    hope he is really loving nursery :-)

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  7. He has only done two settling in sessions so far but all good so think he will be fine.
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  8. Nursery is so daunting, but mostly for the parents I find. My boy has been in since the age of 1, so about 4 months now and he loves it, but I still get so conflicted about it!

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  9. My son is there a few hours a week so I can do my studies, I do feel guilty that I am home and he is there but I am working.

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  10. Awww , I can remember when my eldest started nursery, she's now 14, will have to do it all again with our latest addition :( x

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  11. I can remember all of my children's firsts...nursery...school etc. I think as a parent you always remember the milestones.

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  12. Aw look at him, its such a big milestone. I can remmber when both mine started nursery so many emotions both good and bad. Lovely photos of him he looks like such a happy little person. xx

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  13. He is such a cheeky happy chap. Thank you.


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  14. Aww the settling in stage is so difficult but it sounds like he's doing so well. My daughter is 3 1/2 now and she's been going to nursery since she was 18 months. They make so many friends and start to really love going every week. It's a great idea to send them earlier, even for a day, so that pre-school isn't such a shock. x

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  15. He is going to nursery after lunch today but was asking to go as we dropped his sisters off this morning so I am taking that as a good start!

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  16. It certainly does... little one was at nursery 4 years ago!


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  17. Aw, such a milestone! I'm sure he'll love it especially that he's already used to his childminder. Mine loves his previous nursery where he started at the age of two, so the new pre-school is no big deal for him. Essentially, he currently thinks it's a big play date 😂

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  18. He has come home covered in flour each day so I think he is enjpying the messy play!!

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  19. Sara (@mumturnedmom)17 September 2017 at 18:22

    Such a big step, but so glad to hear that he's settling in fine. He'll have such a good time with the other children, and it's great that it's associated with the preschool, that will make a difference next year x

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  20. awww wow they grow so quick don't they. My little one has just started school =[ don't know where the times gone tbh. He looks really happy though bless him, hope hes enjoying it.

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  21. Yes, just a change of building next year but a lot of the same friends. X

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  22. He keeps asking to go to nursery so I think that is a good sign x

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