Like many parents of three and four year olds, on Tuesday morning we found out officially which primary school Olly will be going to in September. In less than five months time, my baby boy will be going to school all day. I can’t believe we’re at that stage with him already. His pre-school years have literally flown by and the schooldays are ahead.
Olly has been going to the nursery unit attached to our first choice school since last September (we renamed it to pre-school to disassociate it with his previous experience of a different nursery.) He’s been attending five mornings a week, dressed in the very smart navy blue school uniform and his routine has really set him up well for Reception in September.
We have been really pleased with the way that the Teacher and the Learning Support staff have worked with Olly since he’s started pre-school. It’s been well documented that Olly’s had lots of anxiety about going into school. Our morning routines have been hugely stressful with Olly being upset and making himself sick. It has been a huge learning curve and it’s upset and affected me more than I ever thought it would. Seeing your little boy sob his heart out about going to school is soul destroying, especially as you know he actually enjoys his morning there once he’s settled in. And that’s why we chose his current school as our first choice.
Olly’s settled in well to pre-school, mixing well with the other children in his cohort and with the older children in Reception (Nursery and Reception children mix well throughout the morning) He’s got friends in both years which has done him the world of good. At his last parents evening, we were told that Olly’s ability is already top nursery, mid-Reception and that’s a testament to the support and encouragement that he’s had in school.
Thankfully, Olly was offered our first choice school for September and I accepted it pretty much straight away. I’m so grateful for the support we’ve already received from the school that I know he’s definitely in the right place. Luckily, Olly’s friends have got their places at the school too so in September he’ll be seeing the same friends in the playground and hopefully, will be having the same Teacher and support staff around him.
I know it’s going to be a rocky road for him in September, adjusting to a new routine, longer days and more challenges but I know he’s ready for it and he’s just going to thrive. I’m just not mentioning the fact that he’ll have to stay for lunch (whether it’s a packed one or not) somethings aren’t worth the upset!