You may recall a couple of weeks ago I told you about Seth going for his preschool open day. It was a day of mixed emotions as my ‘baby’ is growing into a ‘big boy’. The only benefit I can take from this being the second time round and him getting a place where Aoife went is that we didn’t have to go through the stress of choosing a nursery for him. I can just be focused on my boy growing up rather than fretting about where we are sending him.
That’s not me being complacent, it’s me being relieved that we don’t have to relive the first really difficult decision we have to make as parents.
Choosing the nursery or preschool for your child is so flipping difficult!
As you consider your options you realise that this is the start of ANOTHER PERSON looking after your child, a LOT. Someone who they might accidentally call ‘Mummy’, someone who will hug them if they fall. Someone who will read them stories and teach them in fun ways. Someone who is probably going to be far more exciting than any parent!
It’s the first time someone else will look after your baby and, without a doubt, the first time your baby is going to LOVE being away from you.
Will these people know how to look after them correctly?
Will they be able to keep an eye on them all the time?
Will they make sure enough lunch is eaten?
Will they make sure they’re not lonely?
Will they give them a hug if they cry?
Will they tell me if they’re upset?
Will they make sure he doesn’t escape (not an irrational thought, my brother escaped from nursery once and got run over. By an ambulance. Legit worry)
I’ve heard some horror stories about nurseries and preschools, and I’ve witnessed some pretty slack ‘staffing’ at some nurseries but we were really, REALLY lucky. The preschool we sent Aoife to was brilliant, all the staff were fantastic. We were constantly informed about her progress, she learned so much, and really thrived there. When she moved on to ‘big’ school the transition was virtually seamless as she had been so well prepared by the hard work and dedication of the staff.
This is why we are over the moon Seth is going there.
One thing that is easy to overlook in nurseries and preschools is the sheer amount of hard work the staff put in.
A good nursery teacher looks after each and every child with the care and attention they would their own child.
They focus on each child’s individual needs and strengths to work on them and make them ready for school.
The most astounding thing is that they do this with 20-30 children in a session!
Can you even imagine?
I feel like I can’t cope with two sometimes yet here they are, giving each child 100% of their attention and as much time as they can.
A good nursery with amazing staff is an absolute find and so, to acknowledge and celebrate this, Chemist.co.uk are running the Community Nursery of the Year competition on their website.
Nominations were taken and a short list was created of local nurseries that really deserve a little help.
The top prize is £500 worth of products that will aid with the running of the chosen nursery, those people voting are also entered into a prize draw!
The shortlist and voting form can be found here and voting closes on 31st May 2017.
Take a look, see if your local nursery is there and give them your vote!
It costs you nothing, could win you something and could get the nursery some great products!
This is a collaborative post, a voucher was received in return for promoting this competition, HOWEVER, every parent knows how important a really good nursery is and I firmly believe they should be celebrated!