I started nursery school – early years – preschool – whatever you call it on January 4, I was three in October. In Wales, we start school the term after we are three. I go every weekday for two hours, from 1pm – 3.10pm My teachers are Miss H and Mrs L. I want to share with you my experience so far, and five things I love about school.
I went on the first day quite happily. I did not know what to expect. I had been once before for an hour with Mummy in December and it was good. They have play do, sand and water tables, painting and much much more. But this was different. Mummy kissed me goodbye, and went! I was left with two ladies and other children. I recognised some of them from playgroup, but I didn’t want to be there.
I was SO happy when Mummy picked me up! At first, I didn’t want to play, I told Miss H that I would sit by her and wait for Mummy. I got up after a bit, and did play, and Mummy did still come and get me.
On the second day, I couldn’t believe I had to go again. I got upset in the car – I cried and cried, and begged Mummy not to leave me. I begged her to drive away in the car ‘Take me anywhere!’ I cried. Mummy didn’t. She calmly got me out of the car – I was screaming now – and took me to the waiting area in the playground. It was raining, I screamed, and wanted to lie down. Mummy kept very calm, and led me to Mrs L who took me in. I realised that I had to go. Mummy would be back, I was sure. I stopped crying. I was happy coming out, and had my first ‘Super’ sticker for sitting when I was asked to.
I haven’t had a day like that since. I know I have to go – I am not sure why, but I do. I don’t want to leave Mummy, I worry about her, and what she is doing when I am gone. My big sister Lea used to feel the same, and was able to explain this to Mummy. I am very quiet going into school. I ask Mummy every day to please ask Miss H ‘Is it ok for me to be shy?’ She always says ‘Of course it is!’ One day, she even said ‘I feel a bit shy today too. We can be shy together!’ I was poorly with a terrible cold and awful cough, so was not well enough to go to school from 20th January, I went back this Monday, 1st February. I thought I had cracked it if I am honest, and that I didn’t have to go again, but no such luck. I have been there all this week, I ask Mummy to ask if it is ok for me to be shy, and I am more upset at going this week. I have been a bit tearful, and I cried on Wednesday in school. I ask (and have every morning since I started) as soon as I wake up, ‘Is it school today Mummy?’ It is on my mind a lot. I do enjoy it really when I am there, and I come out full of beans and like telling Mummy what I have been doing. Yesterday was hard, as Luke was home with Mummy poorly, and today was worse as Luke and Lea were both off poorly. I did cry going in today, I didn’t want to leave them, but I did, and I suppose it was ok.
Here are five things I love about school:
- The wooden train set. I had a job this Monday, to build the track!
- Painting pictures for Mummy – I did my first one on 6 January and it is up on our kitchen wall.
- My friends. I talk about Seb, Christopher, James and my new friend Jay. There is a naughty boy called M though.
- Getting stickers. I had my first one on 5 January and I had one this Wednesday for sitting beautifully when Miss asked us too.
- Writing my numbers – I first wrote them for Mummy on 24th January – I can write 1-4. I have also been trying to write over the letters of my name.
Five things Mummy would like to say:
- Pickles behaviour has taken a turn for the worse – he throws (he has never thrown) and is just generally naughtier.
- I am trying my absolute hardest to keep strong and not crumble when he is upset. That second day I burst into tears just as I handed him over – he didn’t see me, but all the other parents did. I cried to the car and just sat there. Two other mums came an tapped on the window to tell me he was ok, and he stopped screaming as soon as I went! I did crumble again today – as I walked away, because he asked me if it was ok for him to cry, his lip was trembling and one tear ran down his cheek.
- I love hearing his tales – he tells me he has played with the cars, the trains, the dinosaurs and all about his friends.
- He has been more clingy to Miss H this week, because he is settling in again after being poorly. In the beginning he told me he didn’t want to go outside or to the woods (they will be visiting regularly when they are all settled in) in case he missed me when I went to pick him up! Bless him.
- I know he needs it – he is a very bright little boy, and he will thrive at school. But I have toyed with delaying him starting until Easter or September. I just don’t want him upset. I will persevere for now and see how it goes.
How were your little ones at starting school?