23 July 2014

Little 2 is going to playgroup.

After my recent post Ready for playgroup? I went on the internet searching the Ofsted reports and I came across a preschool at a school 15 minutes walk away that takes preschool age children in the morning and a rising 3's age group in the afternoons, this school was one of our choices for Little 1 and I know it is a good one so we arranged to go and look around.

Fun scooting in the garden

It was amazing, the children were beautifully behaved and engaged the whole half hour we were there, there is a sensory room, they have chicks at Easter, a big garden with adventure area and there was a room filled with the things the children had made that year all ready to go home for the end of term. Little 2 was so comfortable she went off to play near us as we talked. Having worked in several nurseries over the years I know a good setting when I see one and this one was ace, the Ofsted report said they were outstanding too, why had I never heard of it before?

Little 2 naturally falls into their September intake as she will be 2 years 9 months in that period, they only take 15 new children per term (Sept, Xmas and Easter), which we thought was great, only a few other children will be there when she starts and lots of staff to help with settling as Little 2 hasn't been away from me before. The only small niggle is that it finishes at almost the same time as Little 1 finishes school but they said there was no problem picking her up 15 mins early so I can get to school on time for Little 1, apparently they have a few from the other two nearby schools that do this too.

She has been offered 2 afternoons a week starting mid September which times well as Little 1 starts going to school full time then and I won't have to pick her up at lunchtime and take her sister to playgroup all at once. Once we get into a new routine I think it will do us both good, it will be lots of exercise for me to school and home then playgroup and back then back to both for pick up, and hour and a half for me to have just to myself -completely alone, its been a long time since I had time to myself and exciting new opportunities and friends for Little 1 and 2 as well.

Little 2 is really looking forward to going to 'pre-school' as she calls it, she has to wear a little green t-shirt with the logo on and also has a green book bag just like the one Little 1 has for school. It is a new era for us with one child starting school and the other going to playgroup for the first time, what will I do in my free time, blogging probably!!


  1. Great sounding nursery-it will make it much easier for all of you knowing she is going somewhere that sounds so good. And l can imagine how much you're looking forward to some 'free time' :)

  2. Aww so lovely and sounds like such a great nursery! Monkey starts playgroup soon too, they will take him when he is 2 1/2 in November but we are thinking to wait until January so he has more time to get used to baby being here. It is exciting, but scary eh? xx #pocolo

  3. All mine so far have gone to playgroup and loved it. Those first few days of being completely alone are so surreal after being home with little ones for so long! #PoCoLo

  4. Merlinda Little26 July 2014 at 01:04

    Exciting times for you this September as well. Sounds like an awesome school to go to! My son will start foundation years this September and I am very nervous as I really dont know how school is being done around here (I am from the Philippines) and I am scared that I will make a booboo with my son's schooling. #pocolo

  5. Victoria Welton26 July 2014 at 23:10

    It sounds like a wonderful place to go - it also sounds like you already have a great routine in place :) Thank you for linking to PoCoLo :) x

  6. If we were still going might put Daisy in too, sounds fantastic x


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