I was supposed to update this last Thursday when Oliver had his second visit to nursery, his solo stay and play. However things went ‘tits up’! Oliver had his stay and play and absolutely loved it, he had bonded so well with the teachers and other staff and he cried when we had to leave. I was feeling so good about the nursery and about how Oliver was handling starting nursery… BUT (to cut a long story short) my childcare funding wouldn’t stretch to pay for the session hours and I was told all this last minute. I have been so stressed!
1. Why did the nursery (after me enquiring many times) wait until a few days before Oliver was due to start to tell me that they wanted me to pay full sessions and my funding wouldn’t cover the costs
2. Why did college leave it until a few days before Oliver was due to start nursery to tell me that they wouldn’t pay session hours and they would only fund the exact times i was in college, no overlap? (I also enquired about this many times!)
SO… that left me 2 days to find a new nursery that had places, had flexible sessions/pay per hour and were obviously registered and reliable! Some how me and my other half found one. But this only leaves one session for him to meet everyone and explore and this nursery is totally different!! it is set up in a home environment and is really small, although this should be a good thing, he will get a more 1 to 1 care, it has kinda freaked me out that it is soooo different to the one i set my heart on!
Oliver goes for a play session at his new nursery on Thursday!
Why cant everything be straight forward?! I hate not being organised 😦
Tomorrow Oliver has is first session at nursery. Its a stay and play! as part of the introducing the child into the nursery environment process, there are a couple of little sessions to begin with, the first is a stay and play with mummy and daddy (tomorrow) and the second is stay and play solo (Thursday). I’m personally a huge fan of the fact we have to opportunity to break him in a little, I am not just dumping him there on a Monday morning with him having no clue of where he is.
Tomorrow he gets to explore his surroundings with me and my other half there for a sense of security and he can also see that we are comfortable with the teachers and the children, he can see that we trust them and there is nothing to worry about. Also, we can see that he is comfortable with where he is, we can see him making connections with people and him feeling it out for himself.
I am so nervous!
I know I am going to be there with him, but I am already feeling very emotional. Tomorrow is the first step in letting him go a little bit and as much as I don’t want to, I am excited to watch him flourish!
Update tomorrow! eeek
So i am very new to this and do not have a clue what i’m doing, but i shall just go for it.
I’m Kirstie and 21! i have my own little family, a fiance (Nathan) and a little boy (Oliver,aged 2). I love family life and my little boy is my biggest achievement! I am a fully qualified beauty therapist and currently i stay at home with Oliver, and Nathan has worked as a support worker for vulnerable young adults since leaving school. But recently our lives have been tipped on their heads and we are all heading in new directions and starting very different adventures!
I have decided that beauty therapy is just not for me. I have no love for the job and its not where i see myself in years to come, so i have decided to retrain and i will be starting college in September and studing ‘Early years education’ and be training to be what was formally known as a nursery nurse (now an early years educator/practitioner). I have spent my life surrounded by children, and having one of my own has pushed me to thinking that this is the right path for me and something i would be good at!
Nathan has changed paths completely and decided that support work isn’t for him and he needed new challenges, he is now training to be a track operative! He has fallen in love with the line of work!
And little Oliver will be starting a little adventure of his own! A nursery adventure. As i start college Oliver will start nursery, he will get to spread his wings and independently learn new things and meet new people and make lots of friends!
I’m aiming to use this blog to document and share my experiences as a first time mum, studying, watching her little one go and grow and develop at nursery, family life and trying out new activities with Oli to transfer into my college work
fingers crossed it will be worth reading!