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Little Mr’s firsts | Settling in at Nursery

Little Mr nursery

In just four short weeks, Little Mr will be turning two years old. It’s quite ridiculous to think where those two years have gone. In one respect, it’s like he’s always been with us as we’ve crammed so much in to that time but then it does seem like I’ve blinked and he’s gone from a newborn to a toddler in next to no time.

At the moment we are in a very privileged position that Little Mr is looked after by our Parents throughout the week whilst we are at work. I work four days per week and during the week, Little Mr spends his days with his Grandparents having fun playing with his toys, going to playgroup and enjoying the school run to fetch his cousin (my nephew) with my Mom.

It’s all about to change as Little Mr will soon be attending Nursery, just for one day per week. It’s a chance for him to meet some friends his own age which is something I am desperate for him to do. We don’t have many friends that live locally who have children the same age and I would love Little Mr to make some friends that he’ll grow up with and spend time with. Similarly, I would also like to meet some new people from the area who have children the same age as Little Mr. When I look at the close friends my Parents have and whom we consider our extended family, they all met through us, their children, meeting at playgroups, swimming lessons and school.

I want that. I want to make friendships that last a lifetime so that my children can grow up with other children knowing the ins and outs of their family and spend summer holidays in each others back gardens playing with mud pies and a football. Is it selfish that we’re sending him to Nursery to make friends? For both him and us? I know we’re doing the right thing. He needs to learn to share and play nicely with others. I want him to learn new things and that he can’t always have someones undivided attention. At nursery, he’ll be sharing his keyworker with other children and although I’m sure they’ll be there for him when he needs them, it’ll do him good to learn to share with others.

Last Friday, we spent just over an hour at Nursery for our first ever settling in session. It didn’t get off to a good start as Little Mr was tired (having not slept well the night before) so he was pretty grumpy and had a very short attention span. He met his keyworkers who were all very friendly and whilst Little Mr was encouraged to join in with some children playing games, I completed a questionnaire asking me questions all about Little Mr’s likes and dislikes and other key information.

After 20 minutes, it was time for me to step outside and let Little Mr enjoy his new surroundings without the shadow of his Mama. It all went well for the first 10 minutes, then he started to look for me over the wooden gate and proceeded to climb up the gate as he started shouting after me. He lost his footing and slipped off the gate (only falling 2cm at most) but banged his lip on the way down. Yes, my Son was the first ever child to need an accident form on his first settling in session. He was upset but calmed down once I came back in the room. To my surprise, once he’d calmed down and dried the tears off his face, he bounded around the room playing with cars, the sandpit and on the climbing frame.

I’m really hoping he enjoys Nursery and I’m sure he will. We’ve chosen a great Nursery for him, attached to a local Primary School so I’m hopeful that it’s all going to go well. Pulls on your heart strings though but that’s something I’m having to learn to deal with. We’ve got another few settling in sessions planned before he attends all day in so I’m sure once he’s a bit more comfortable with the surroundings and the staff, he’ll enjoy going and will make lots of friends.

Wish us luck!

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3 Comments

  • Reply Kim Carberry

    Aww! Bless him! It’s always such a stressful and worrying time when they start nursery. I hope he settles in ok! Good luck x

    16/01/2015 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply Donna

    The first times are definitely the hardest but they soon settle in – LP loves preschool now! x

    16/01/2015 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply Kelly O'Hanlon

    He will be fine and he will love it and grow and develop so much once he gets used to the new routine. Trust me! You’re doing the right thing. Ethan has been at nursery since he was 8 months old, four days a week, which I still feel guilty over being too young but that being said, it’s meant that he has become a very sociable and relaxed little boy. He loves us and some morning won’t want to let go, but this very quickly passes as he remembers how many friends he has, key workers and children, and all the fun things they do together. Honestly, they do more that I ever could in a day!

    As for making friends for you, it is harder as you get older to meet new people and we too don’t have any friends with children or nearby, so nursery was an important decision for us. They way it’s worked, the earlier the better as they adjust when they are younger and don’t find it to be so difficult. All the nursery staff say it.

    Good luck! It might be harder for you to adjust than for him! It does get easier, I promise.

    17/01/2015 at 7:17 am
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