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Is your child ready for nursery?

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.

Is your child ready for nursery? Call us for a chat about your little one and their learning path!

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Five top reasons for sending your child to a nursery

So, why exactly should you send your little ones to nursery?

It promotes social activities

One of the main benefits of sending your child to nursery is the preparation it has on your child school life. Depending on where you send your child, nursery’s aren’t specifically the most cost effective places in the world, yet the social benefit is gives your children is immense. They’re mixing with children in their own age group, so they’ll be much better equipped to dealing with other children when the time comes.

It’s always good to find a balance in this sense, as although nursery is a fantastic place for your children to be, they’ll still need to spend time with parents.

Get more quality time with your little ones

As they all say, absence makes the heart grow fonder… right? Having time away from your little ones is not only good for you, as you’ll be able to spend some time on yourself, but you’ll also feel way more relaxed with them when they come home, giving yourself more energy and more time to play with them.

There's lots of fun to be had at nursery for your little ones!

There’s lots of fun to be had at nursery for your little ones!

Potty training may become easier?

It’s possible that, whilst at nursery, your little ones can pick up more skills than you would’ve thought possible. For example, did you know that children can become more accepting of the idea of potty training whilst at nursery?

Nursery staff reinforce the idea of potty training to your children time and time again, so when it comes to it they should take to it with more ease and understanding. Although we’re not saying that potty training is the main reason you should send your child to nursery, it certainly is a massive help when trying to explain to your children the importance of using a potty.

Encourages playing and sharing

The good thing about sending your children to nursery is that it’ll increase their love of being outdoors, as well as giving them time to be active. A toddler who is active is more likely to remain active later on in life, so it’s important to encourage your children to be active both indoors and outdoors.

The benefits of ‘messy play’

One of the biggest benefits of sending your little one to nursery is that they can have as much messy play as they want, and the best thing is, you don’t have to be the one to clean it up! Now, children can have a form of messy play at home, as we’re sure there are walls in your home that can show evidence of this, but at the same time children can experience a wider range of messy play at nursery than they can at home, with activities including water, paint, paper, glue and sand.

So, what do you think? Are you convinced? Would you send your child to nursery based on this?

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How to prepare your child for nursery

What can you do to prepare your child for their first day at nursery?

The first day at nursery for your children can be incredibly difficult, not just for the children but also for yourself. Use these fantastic tips to help ease the pressure and make it easier for your child to be happy at preschool.

Boost their confidence

Socialising is a skill that we all need, as humans, for basic communication. It’s the basis of our development and whilst we all naturally learn it, it can take some children a lot longer to learn their social skills compared to others. If you can teach your child the idea of taking turns with toys and sharing them to others, they should have a much better time settling into nursery. Be patient, as children won’t learn right away that sharing is needed. Always remind your children to be friendly and share, as children are bound to squabble over toys. If you don’t know many mothers with children, you can always join a mother and toddler group, which is a fantastic way of introducing your child into socialising with other kids.

Having a friend may help them settle into the nursery environment

Having a friend may help them settle into the nursery environment

Teach them basic skills

If your child is going to be eating at nursery, it’s a good idea to teach them the basics of feeding themselves. They’re going to have to use a knife and fork, so practise with them at home. Don’t expect your child to be able to cut their own food up, as nursery staff will do this for them. Also, make them aware of any allergies you child may have to avoid icky tummies!

Make visits prior to their start date

Like anything, your child will need to familiarise with their new environments before they’ll begin to feel content about spending time in the nursery. You should try and book visits to the nursery before consider starting their, just to see how they cope with spending time away from you for a few hours. When you get back, be sure to talk with your child about how great the school will be, what they’ll do their, what trips they’ll go on etc.

Their start day may be difficult, so here’s how to cope!

Allow plenty of time for your child to get settled before leaving instantly. Go into the nursery with them; make sure they’re comfortable and relaxed, as this should hopefully allow you to avoid unnecessary crying!

It’s perfectly natural to feel a little emotional at the site of your child going into nursery, but don’t let it show. Children will pick up on your feelings of negativity.

Be honest with your little one, as they’ll know when you’re telling fibs! Explain to them that you’ll be back at a certain time and you’ll see them very soon.

Do you have any tips you’d like to add? Tell them to us in the comments below!

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Why should you send your child to nursery?

We answer the question why should you send your child to a nursery!

Research suggests children benefit academically

A study was conducted by the University of London in the Summer of 2013, looking into the academic advancements of children who had nursery experience. It found that children who spent three or more years in nursery educations were more likely to have advancement in their academic ability by up to a year, compared to parents who keep their children home until the age of five. It also found a positive connection between the amount of time a child spends in Nursery and how they perform in later life.

It outlined that children put into the nursery system at two years old were at least 10 months ahead of their fellow peers. This shrinks to six months if a child goes into nursery at the age of three.

Nursery life helps social development

Children are, in most cases, predominantly curious at the best of times. They want to explore their surroundings, seeing what’s going on around them, asking endless questions in the process so they can actively take in new information. If you put them in an environment outside of the home, children will get a whole load of new experiences, meeting other children of diverse backgrounds which spikes their curiosity. It’s apparent that in children who have no nursery experience, they’re mostly quiet and reserved, replacing their curiosity with shyness.

Similarly to when they grow up, children are at their happiest when they’re around other children their own age. The earlier they learn to join in with activities aimed to bond them with others, the quicker they develop their co-operative skills, becoming happier and more confident in the process.

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Nursery gives children to opportunity to develop

A daily routine is vital for life

It’s a good idea for children to understand the need for a daily routine at a young age, as this will help them all the way through their lives. School and work both require a daily routine, being in on time, doing work and prioritising daily tasks. Being at school, children will stick to a timetable, which will ensure their learning process allows for the maximum knowledge to be taken in.

There’s a number of things parents can do to help their child adopt a routine that holds a level of self-discipline. This will help the child cope with their day-to-day routine and life. Having children get out of bed at a set time in the morning and going to sleep at similar hours will help tune their ‘body clock’, instilling a level of subconscious knowledge that will get them out of bed in the morning.

These foundations are layed out for children in nursery, as it now only shows your little ones the importance of a routine, it aids them in coping with the changes they will face growing up, which puts them considerable steps ahead when they begin school.

In conclusion

What it boils down to is what you ultimately think is better for your child, so the choice is completely down to you, the parents. Nursery offers a balanced life for your child, as well as giving you time to look after yourself. Ultimately, the most important thing to consider will be the staff, environment, learning and activities they will experience in their nursery lives. We can offer your child a fantastic learning experience that will mould them into fine students later in life.

If you wish to discuss this more, please visit our Nurseries in Birmingham or call us on 0121 354 1752.