My toddler Sophia turned two at the end of May and I kept hearing of children her age going to pre-school or nurseries between 2-5 times per week. At first I had no intention of sending her to pre-school, we don't need to send her as I am a stay at home mum now, and I will be at home looking after her younger brother even if she was at nursery. I just did not see the point in sending her when we did not need too.
Also she is only two to me that still seems so young, she does not fully understand everything that you say to her and she has no concept of danger. I was also rather nervous at the idea of leaving her with people she does not know, she has never been left with anyone other then her grandparents and aunt and uncle which is very rare. I did not know how she would react being apart from us, what if she missed us or got hurt and just wanted her mammy and daddy.
I know a lot of people get free childcare for two year olds but we are not entitled to that as her daddy works full time. I was just going to keep her at home with me until she started proper nursery school next year when she is three. However recently I have had a change of heart, a new pre-school opened up not far from where we live. We went for a visit and Sophia seemed to love it and went off painting with the other children straight away.
Also after thinking about things I realised that pre-school would do her good, before we had Jacob last year I use to take her to so many baby classes she went to massage, yoga, toddlers, baby music and soft play every week. We were out every single day and she got to interact with other children which she loved. Since her brother came along it is too much of a struggle taken them anywhere on my own so I stopped going to all the baby groups, we often stay at home and she gets bored.
We are also a little bit worried about her speech as she refuses to say her own name and has been referred for speech therapy as they think she may have delayed speech. I am hoping pre-school and being around other children will encourage her to talk more. We also thought that going to pre-school a few hours a week would help prepare her for going to proper nursery next year. It will also give me a little one on one time with Jacob which I know he craves.
So today my little girl will be starting pre-school just for a couple of afternoons a week, she had an induction last week which her daddy took her too as I had to take her big sister for her tooth removed. I am feeling rather nervous about her going off to pre-school. I am worried she will run off if she is taken anywhere, I am worried how her potty training will go away from home and I am also worried if she will miss us and make friends.
In my heart I know she will love it, she needs it she needs the chance to socialise with other children and make friends as whenever she goes to soft play she toddles off and befriends anyone she sees as she is so full of confidence. I know she will love playing with the toys and adore messy play, I can not wait for her to bring her first picture home so I can hang it on the fridge.
But I'm going to miss her, it will be so strange not having her around for a few hours and I know her brother will miss her too. There will be no crazy whirlwind running around the room making a mess, no little girl curled up on my lap watching TV while her brother naps and I just know I am going to be worrying and clock watching the whole two hours she is there. But I know I will soon get over my fears and she will soon settle in and I know that I am doing what is best for her. It is the start of a new adventure for my little girl and I can't wait to see her grow.
If your little one goes to pre-school how did you know they were ready ? And please tell me it is normal to be worried even though I know she will be safe and well looked after.