What to Expect When Starting School!
Welcome to the blog. Today I’m sharing my thoughts and reflections on when B started school last September. I can’t believe he has already done 5 terms at school. Time is just whizzing past faster than I ever believed it would.
When B moved from Pre-School (at Busy Bees Nursery) to reception class in school, there were a few things that were different, which, maybe as a first time mum, I wasn’t prepared for. Today I’m going to share those with you! I have a few others posts on starting nursery too that might be handy:
I Get Nothing!
B tells me nothing. I know everyone says their kids are the same but literally, he tells me zero about his day. We used to get a lot of info from Bees – what he ate, when he pooed, what he did. Moving from a nursery setting to school was tough on me because all of a sudden, I had no idea if he’d eaten!
I know they are really busy and there are like 30 kids all streaming in at once, but I really miss the one-to-one relationship we had with B’s key person at Bees. Yes I feel I can raise any issues with B’s teachers but it’s very much drop off, pick up and that is it.
I guess it’s because the teachers are trying to assess so many children at once, but I feel I have very little idea of how well (or not) B is doing. We didn’t have a formal parents evening until February and I just wanted to know if he is happy and thriving. I’m sure we could ask but I know how busy the teachers are every day and I guess if there was a problem, they’d come and talk to us.
Ah the school playground. Fun times. To be fair I don’t really feel either way towards the playground and parents. I only drop off and pick up a few times. I tend to keep myself to myself and speak to the parents I know. I miss Bees though because I miss my mum friends who also had kids there.
Things to Remember
Literally every other day there is some sort of school thing to remember. Be it a non-uniform day, cake sale, charity event or play, there is ALWAYS something to remember! I’d say I’m doing OK on the remembering front right now. We haven’t gone in wearing PJ’s when it was clearly a Spiderman day! Phew.
Have you got a child that moved from pre-school to school? How did you find the transition. I’m used to it now but it took a few months to accept that no, I won’t know fully what B did today.
Still at nursery? Here are some of my tips on that: