It has arrived! I am off to Playgroup this morning for the very first time. I know Mummy is quite nervous, and isn’t sure really about me going, but, I am sure I will love it.
It is time now, that I join a group with other children my age – the ones that I will end up going to school with next year.
I need to play with other children.
I need to start learning a little, tiny bit of a routine to guide me towards getting ready for school.
I am very bright, clever two and a half year old, and I will be fine.
Yes, I will miss Mummy terribly. I spend 99% of my time with her.
Yes, I will be unsure about what is happening, but I will get used to it.
Mummy will stay with me this morning, to settle me in.
So, here are my top tips for going to a Nursery or Playgroup for the first time.
1. Find out which playgroups are ‘feeders’ for the school you will go to. You will then be with other children who will go to the same school as you.
2. If there is more than one, get Mummy to ask other Mums for recommendations.
3. Find them on Facebook – they may have a page. Mummy can get a feel for the group there, and introduce herself too!
4. Mummies (or Daddies!) be brave! Go it alone with your tot – you will have more chance of chatting to other mums and staff.
5. Visit with your Mummy first, and get them stay with you, to see what they – and you – think of it. Everyone is different, and you won’t really know what it is like until you visit.
6. Have a list of any medicines or allergies you have for the staff, and any snack dislikes – find out what they offer. Let them know if you only drink water, or don’t have butter etc.
7. Make sure Mummy checks if they have any special offers, or offer any help with the fees.
8. Mummy may nip out for a bit, and that is fine. Know that she will be back very soon.
9. Mummy – be brave! Please don’t cry or I may get upset and wonder why you are upset.
10. Have fun! Mummy, play with me to settle me in. Tell me it is lots of fun, show me it is lots of fun. Reassure me, and be happy and smiley, and chances are, I will too!
I will let you know how I get on 😉