This has been a busy start to the year for us, I’ve gone back to work which means that Darcey has started nursery. She did a few settling in sessions before Christmas and her first day at nursery was on 4th January. I’ve managed to arrange my work schedule so that she only has to go 3 mornings a week but it’s still been a big change for her.
Finding the right nursery
We are lucky that we have a great nursery just around the corner from us, onsite at Bournemouth University. The boys went there when they were little so we already knew a lot about it. I did look at several other local nursery’s as well before we decided on Bright Horizons for Darcey. I like it because it such a loving and warm environment. It’s a purpose built nursery and everything is designed to be at the children’s level. Ben left nearly 5 years ago and they still have many of the same members of staff which was so lovely to see.
Settling into nursery
Well it’s been three weeks now and Darcey is doing really well.
Dropping off – At first she was very upset when we dropped her off and had the usual clinging and crying. I know this is completely normal, it’s unfamiliar to her, she is now much happier about being left. My mum owned a day nursery when I was growing up and we lived above it. I would see some children cry when they were left and honestly they really do stop after a few minutes.
Routine – we’ve had to change our routine quite a bit. Before I went back to work Darcey and I weren’t really getting up until 8, now I have to be at work at 8 so we need to be ready a lot earlier. She has a small sleep about 10:30 for 30 mins and then a longer sleep in the afternoon about 14:15 for an hour before we rush off to school pick up. This is working really well for us.
Playing – it’s great that she is playing with little ones her own age. As her brothers are 8 & 9 she gets spoiled at home and doesn’t have to share. I want her to learn to play with little ones and be nice, she’s rough and tumble. I was worried she was a bit of a bully and would maybe be a bit mean to the other kids. Luckily that isn’t the case at all she plays lovely at nursery, it’s just me she hits on the head!
The nursery are fantastic her key workers Lynne and Abi are so lovely and I know she’s in good hands. I get a little diary each day that tells me what she has done, what she’s eaten and any concerns. This allows me to feel involved in everything when she is away from me. These are a few of the things she’s done so far;
- exploring textured material and books
- singing and bubbles – she loves singing
- Playing in the garden with rocking horses and on the slide
- Playdough and paint bags
- She loves the animal toys
- A new posting activity
- Climbing on soft play
To be honest I can see why she’s settled in so quickly she’s having a fantastic time. This has made my whole transition back to work so much easier.