Preparing for LP’s Start at Nursery

*This post is in collaboration with Brookes

Last week I went to an induction evening at LP’s new nursery with the parents of LP’s new preschool classmates. I felt like I was back at school again, sitting in a school hall with an induction brochure and all the new faces around me.

We were told what to expect when LP starts in September, the inset days and term times, where to go to pick her up, what we needed to take in with us and everything else they thought was relevant. I was pleased to hear that LP would get fruit and milk at preschool every day and she would have her own coat hook to keep all her things on so that she could get used to where it was.

I now have a list of things to remember. We were told to leave a pair of wellies, a change of clothes and a coat at nursery as the children spend so much time outside. We were also told to send LP into school wearing clothes that we don’t mind getting dirty with mud or paint. I’m planning on buying her a few hardwearing and easy to wash tops from somewhere like Brookes and having a good supply of leggings. I’ll then need to make sure she has velcro shoes that she can take off and put on easily by herself and a book bag to put all the bits and pieces school will send home every week.

I have so much going on in my head and so much to plan. The next step is LP’s morning at nursery on Wednesday where she will get to play with her new classmates and I will learn more about when she starts and what happens before then. After the hour or so at nursery on Wednesday we have a home visit from the nursery – This is something I’m not massively happy about, I’m not sure why it’s relevant but maybe something useful will come of it.

I’ll be keeping you updated on LP’s start at nursery, one thing’s for sure, it’s come round far too quickly!

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  1. Sarah
    June 30, 2014 / 7:13 am

    We had a home visit before my son started. Hugely helpful as he met his teachers before he started and had a familiar face to look for instead of knowing no one. I don’t think his school does it which is a shame.

    • June 30, 2014 / 9:08 am

      I hadn’t seen it from that point of view – LP will no doubt love that familiar face too! x

  2. June 30, 2014 / 9:04 am

    Few more tips for you:
    Don’t send her in good Clarks shoes…they will get wrecked!
    Put at least 2 full changes of clothes in the bag. We’ve had spillages that require full outfit changes, inc socks and shoes!
    Sun hat for summer!
    Be prepared for the endless amounts of paper with squiggles coming your way!
    Not sure what the home visit is all about. Not heard of that before.
    xx

    • June 30, 2014 / 9:07 am

      2 changes of clothes and sun hat are great tips! Shamefully I am sure most of the paper squiggles will go in the bin…! (Not allowed to say that am I?!) She’ll be wearing cheapy shoes – Next sale most probably or supermarket ones! x

  3. June 30, 2014 / 2:33 pm

    Oh my gosh this is so huge for you guys!!, I can imagine your head is bursting with information and questions all at once!! I hope the visit goes well on Wednesday, can’t wait to hear about it!! X

  4. July 1, 2014 / 12:22 am

    We are just going through all of this with D too. She had her home visit two weeks ago and was so excited to be the centre of attention and show the teacher all her books and toys as well as giving her a rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star! I think it’s beneficial for the teacher and the child – the teacher gets to see little ones in their home environment and have some insight into what their likes and dislikes are and how the family operates, and the child has a friendly face that they know when they actually start preschool.

    Exciting times! Hope LP is looking forward to it as much as D is x

    • July 1, 2014 / 9:12 am

      Thanks for this. It’s nice to have a perspective from someone that’s been there – It’s obviously a useful experience and I’m feeling less daunted about it now 🙂 x

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