It is Friday again and we have now reached another transition in our lives whereby Henry has now started nursery. Before I continue, please no asking me where through my websites and social media he is going to nursery and the name of it, as I am not going to share that information, for child protection. I know sometimes it is done innocently, but please respect myself and my families privacy in disclosing such information. The thing about social media is that anyone can read what you put out there, and so, as much I like to share my world, at the same time I do like to keep some things private. I will tell friends when I see them, but until I see them details of where my son is going to nursery is going to remain private.
Yesterday he had an induction, which is where Henry starts to get the feel of the place and plays, and joins in with the other children. I give details to the nursery nurses about Henry, his loves, loathes, food and his development. What areas do they need to help support which our son has not grasped yet.
He did play well outside and climbed the little climbing frame, which he wouldn't even attempt before. He still is learning when he needs to sit down and listen but being in a nursery environment like we all did when we first went to nursery or play school we soon picked up on how to do that.
Today was his first settling in session. So went in with him and, as soon as I saw him run off and in the children's bathroom, I then went off and aloud him to start building his confidence in his nursery. I didn't want to hang around as I think sometimes that can cause children to get upset and not want you, the parent, to leave,
Henry did really well. I was so nervous today to the point I couldn't really eat anything this morning. I have no idea why, but as soon as I left Henry at the nursery to settle in, I was fine, but usually I have loads of tasks to do. Today I felt lost and was checking the time every 5 minutes. When I picked him up though he was smiling and full of excitement, and I was shown some pictures the lady at the nursery took of his first settle in day and he had a way of a time. He even today sat down and listened to the story being read without kicking up a fuss. He didn't eat anything when they had snack time, but sometimes they won't in a new environment as they can be so excitement that food doesn't interest them at that point.
It was a good day and I am so relieved and glad to get that day out of the way.
With the weekend ahead I was supposed to be going out to celebrate my friends birthday but with lack of funds it is not possible until pay day next week, However my husband is driving my son and I for the first time tomorrow in the morning to Iceland's to get the rest of the months food shopping and then probably take Henry to the park. So I have Saturday off but working on Sunday.
Henry does have two more settle in sessions at nursery next week for a bit longer and is going to spend lunch time there, so be good to see how he does then. It is a massive change because they go from being with you all the time to then going off and being in a new environment to start their road to independence. I can appreciate those mums and dads who avoid taking their child to nursery until they are a bit older, because it is a big leap and can be for the parents, siblings aswell as the child. You know it is going to happen at some point whether it be nursery or straight into school, but it can be a difficult transition to take at the same time. I would say to all those mums and dads, who are thinking about taking their child to nursery but having doubts. Do what you feel right. Not what everyone else would do, but what will work for your child and for yourself.
No one knows their own child like a parent does and so you will know when they are ready and if they are ready to interactive with children on a more independent basis. Never feel rushed, or pressurised as that can lead to anxiety and worry, which your child can pick up on and cause them to be anxious. As a parent many of us do a lot of worrying as it is, without needing to put the worries of should I or shan't I take my child to nursery or not. It is your choice and there will always be those who say you should do it, but it is your choice and about the needs of your own child.
Anyway, going to end the blog here as I want to see if I can get on with some more cleaning before bubs wakes up and then later I will be doing a run on the treadmill, as I need to run my stresses and cobwebs away.
Have a great weekend.
Many thanks for reading,