Is your child ready for nursery?
A vital part of a child’s development and growth is when they first go to nursery. Children start at a number of different ages, but it’s common for children around the ages of 2+ to begin their schooling career. Readiness in nursery doesn’t just come with age, it’ll naturally develop over time. Is your child socially confident, emotionally ready and physically capable of going to nursery? Find out in our latest blog!
Has your little one spent time away from you?
If your child is used to being in the care of a babysitter or a relative, for example, when you’re at work, they’re more likely to be better prepared to spend time away from you, giving them a huge advantage when they considered to be starting nursery. Children who are used to being away from both parents are more likely to go straight into nursery and not struggle on their first day or weeks. If this isn’t something your child has experienced, try to schedule some time away from them – they could spent time with grandparents or relatives.
If you don’t have the pleasure of leaving your little one with a family member or friend, then not to worry: it’s also common for some children to go into nursery on their first day without so much as a look back.
The ultimate trick is to help your children adjust to the change in small doses, compared to one big go. A number of nurseries will allow to you drop off your children a while before the opening times on their first few days at the nursery, so they can get adjusted to their new environment, letting them gradually work up to a full day of fun!
Is your little one quite independent?
Nursery can be difficult for most, but if your child holds certain skills, even at a basic level, it’ll give them a major advantage when trying to adapt to nursery life. If your child is potty trained, they’re more likely to be accepted into a nursery, as this is a common requirement. Your son/daughter should be able to take care of their own basic needs, like cleaning their hands after doing activities involving paint, sand, glue etc, eating their lunch without the help of an adult and even sleeping by themselves.
Does your child hold a schedule?
Nursery children, although doing various activities day to day, will often hold a set schedule in their time at nursery: circle time, play time, snacks, fun on the playground and then lunch. This system is implemented for good reason; children tend to feel more comfortable with a situation when they’re going through the same routine at the same time each day.
If your child doesn’t have their own schedule at which they eating, play and sleep, it could help to implement a routine just before nursery in order to help their learning schedule. Offering your child meals at a regular time is a great start!
You could plan to visit the park, relatives, play in the garden and even have a bathroom routine. This is where a child will learn the best, as they’ll have a bath, read books or play with toys and then go to bed.
Is your child ready for nursery physically?
You may be looking at the screen with bemusement right now, because what could “physically” mean?
Children are incredibly busy throughout their nursery life; they visit a number of places, learn, play and explore. This can be a tiring challenge for any child, so if you find that your child takes these activities with ease, they may be ready for nursery. But, if they have trouble moving on from one activity to another and instead get upset/angry, this could indicate your child isn’t fully prepared for nursery.
The physical side of the analysis comes in when your child needs to sleep. Nursery child will often have a nap time, which is usually after lunch, but if your little can’t stretch through to this time, they may not be ready.
You can work towards the improvement of their stamina by making sure he gets a good sleep routine implemented. Also, you could have them do more activities in the day, which will mimic the routine of nursery life and improve their energy levels whilst helping them deal with routines.
We’d like to wish everybody a very Happy Christmas, we wish you all the best in the festive period.