I never thought it would be happening so soon but the time has come and Amelia has started nursery! It's so bittersweet, it makes me sad to know that she is growing up and no longer so little but it also gives me great pleasure in knowing that she is benefiting from it by making friends and learning more. Amelia recently turned three and is no longer a toddler, she is a little girl and has a mind of her own, she can feed herself, dress herself and is more than capable of going to the bathroom on her own. She is independent and likes doing things herself so is more than ready to start nursery.
The nursery we enrolled her in is attached to the school that she will be going to in September which we just found out she has been accepted for. The nursery class takes children from 2 and a half so realistically she could have started before Christmas however it hadn't crossed my mind to put her in a nursery before she started properly in September until a couple of months ago when the Health Visitor suggested it. Plus I thought it would do her some good getting used to going to nursery before September and used to playing with other children. She only goes two days a week as we have to pay for her to go but I really do she think will benefit from it. She started last week and already loves it!
I was so nervous before hand, and needn't have been as she settled in really well and I didn't need to stay with her on the first day. I was fully expecting her to start crying and grabbing onto me but she gave me a cuddle, said goodbye to Harry and off she went to play with the other children. When I went to collect her, it was the best feeling in the world to see her stood behind the glass doors jumping up and down shouting "mummy, mummy" which a huge smile on her face. I knew then that I had done the right decision and I felt so happy that she enjoyed her first day. She told me all about her afternoon there and that she made friends and what they all did. She went back again the next day and enjoyed it just the same. She keeps asking to go to "school" and every time we drive the same route she gets happy and thinks she's going to school. The nursery session is only for two hours but I think that's enough to get her started. In September I believe they go for three hours at a time and then the following year once she'd turned 4 they go all day then.
I still don't think I could have put her in a private nursery sooner though, maybe because I've always been over protective and she's always been very clingy but I've learnt now that I needed to let go and let her grow up. When the time comes, if I need to put Harrison in a nursery when he's still a baby or toddler I won't be as nervous about it and most definitely would as I know he will be well looked after.
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