Starting Nursery…

Starting Nursery…

This morning we received a letter inviting us into school where our 3 year old will be attending nursery this September. We’ve known a couple of months that he’d been accepted and we were now only waiting for an induction day.

Mainly I want to get in there and have a good look about and ask a million questions to make sure the school is up to scratch. Afterall I don’t have to send the apple of my eye to this school if I don’t wish, infact I don’t have to send him to school full stop, an idea that still hasn’t been totally crossed off our options list.

So a couple of things from this letter, two surprises actually. The first surprise being there are 4 options not 2 in regards to start and finish times. We have the usual Mon-Fri Mornings, or Mon-Fri Afternoons and surprisingly we also have the options for Mon, Tues Full days and Wednesday morning, or Wednesday afternoon, Thu, Fri full days. I wasn’t expecting to have these options. We had been resigned to the thought that when he starts school it would be mornings or afternoons 5 days a week. The new option of Mon, Tues full days and Wednesday morning would be great for our family dynamics. Being very aprehensive about how schools are run in the UK currently, despite the hours at school being the same, it would feel as though we had more time at home to influence him ourselves. A school routine being only 3 days a week rather than 5 in my mind makes a huge difference, it doesn’t quite seem as over-powering. I’m pretty happy these options have been presented to us and feel it should be the way forward for all schools. Starting this next school year both our daughters will be in high school too and their particular school finishes slightly earlier than others meaning the school runs 5 days a week for all 3 could become quite difficult. Families where both parents work full-time may benefit from these types of options too, to be fair whatever your situation it’s just nice to know there are options available.

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Surprise No.2 wasn’t so good. “Home visit’s will take place…” SORRY WHAT? Home visits? After voicing my shock that somehow this feels like we’re on trial or our homelife is to be judged to make sure they’re getting a good student, my wife said she does remember this from when the girls started nursery. Home visit, is it just me or does anyone else feel that it is the job of the schools to impress us, the parents, and put our minds at ease that we’re sending our children to a school that is friendly, educational, welcoming and safe? I’m struggling to see the benefits of a stranger invading our home to…. well, to what? I don’t get it. If it’s to ‘have a chat’ then that’s why we’re attending the open evening. If you want to talk to each family individually then arrange another meeting. I hope these visits are optional, it may sound like we have something to hide, we don’t, clearly as it’s all in this blog and YouTube! I just don’t like the idea and see no benefit.

There you are, just a quick one today, a rant even if you will. One very positive action followed by a negative as usual.

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7 thoughts on “Starting Nursery…”

  • I think the idea of the home visit is to introduce the teachers to your child in a less intimidating environment so I get why they do it, however it doesn’t make the prospect any more pleasant. It’s like having a viewing when you’re selling your home, no matter how clean and tidy you are you have to make sure you go that extra mile and have your home spotless for the visit, so they can’t judge you on it after!!

    • I know, I’m always thinking about how untidy the house is, even when it’s not. Family of 5 including a 3 year old boy doesn’t suit a showhome lol. I know they like to do the home visits for that reason but I see no benefit of that really. How much time does it take up to? That’s my parenting style though, I’d rather him jump in the deep end and get on with it, it suits him better that way. I think it got my back up because there’s no mention of it being optional and I’m not keen on being told someone will be coming to my house uninvited 🙂

  • wish more schools were open to more long term flexible schooling I know of one in Armthorpe that agreed flexi but other than that it’s “scary” for the wee head teachers to have something so ‘radical’ (people might start to get ideas!!!!! lol

    there’s a school in Derbyshire that’s 90% flexi and won many awards! there’s so many fantastic learning opportunities out of school I get so upset that we can’t attend!

    • I was pleasantly surprised I’ll admit. It feels like there might be a compromise after all. I definitely like the idea of him being home more days than he’s at school. 🙂

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