I am going to Playgroup!


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.

mummy and toddler

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 😉


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  1. This is great advice Ickle Pickle thank you. I’m so glad you that you enjoyed yourself xxx my little man starts soon and I will read your advice out to him xx thanks for this #sharewithme
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  2. I hope that you had a great first day little man. My little girl has just turned two so it will be another year before she goes to pre school xx
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  3. aww what great advice. we take Sophie to playgroup, which is 2 minutes from our house,so we know the children there will be going to nursery with her in August. I cant believe my youngest starts nursery this year and my son is going into Primary 2 *gulp*
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  4. Great advice Ickle Pickle, but more importantly I hope you had a fantastic time at playgroup and make loads of friends there. I’m sure you will. And I hope your mummy doesn’t miss you too much…
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  5. I hope he had a lovely time – I remember my eldest’s first day. He is 18 in the autumn, time flies!
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  6. Really hope that playgroup goes well & mummy remembers everything.
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  7. Oh how exciting! Playgroup is ace you’ll have lots of fun. But you know mum WILL cry on your first day don’t you?!
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  8. You know time flies by, it seems yesterday the twins started preschool and in September they’re off to Juniors. It has flown by so enjoy every second.
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  9. My little man is off to pre-school in September and I think he’ll be fine…it’ll be me that’s upset and crying for hometime 😉 #sharewithme
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  10. you know MUMMY will be ok don’t you , and she can talk to her friends on twitter xx
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  11. I hope you have a fun day at playgroup! x
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  12. Aw how exciting, I hope you had he most amazing time x

  13. omh how exciting for him, time flies over , it gets easier seeing them go and you see how much fun they have

  14. I hope you have fab time at Playgroup. My boys never went to playgroup, just mums and toddlers. I am sure you will love it and Mummy will worry all whilst you are there!
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  15. I hope you had a lovely time. I bet Mummy had a great time too!
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  16. Great tips, I hope it goes well, it is hard when we spend some much time with them xx
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  17. I really hope you have a fab time Ickle. I really think it will be a great step for both of you. Hugs to both of you for this big change xx
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  18. Aww bless. Lovely tips. Hope it was a good first day! #binkylinky
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  19. Good Luck – Sebby will be starting in September
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  20. Aww Ickle Pickle I hope you had an amazing and fun time. Hope Mummy was okay too. #sharewithme #brilliantblogposts #binkylinky
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  21. Such a huge milestone. Hope you both settled well!
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  22. My twins start nursery (two and a half hours a day) in September and I’m so nervous about it. I’ve tried preparing them as much as I can and I just hope that they settle well and enjoy it. I’ll miss them terribly though. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky
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  23. Hope you had a brilliant time at playgroup its’ so good for kids and you get to make lots of friends and lots of messes. Freedom!!! Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme
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  24. I hope your litle one has a great time. My three year old is about to start nursery and I can’t wait and am dreading it in equal measure!
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  25. Great tips for starting and I hope it’s all gone well. Our daughter (now 4) has been going to nursery since she was 11 months and loves it. Obviously I’m dreading her starting school in September!

  26. Hope you had a great time at playgroup! Great tips
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