Experienced Staff Perspective – March 2017

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As you are aware by now, here at Daybreak we have lots of working Mums who’ve all had to go through the feared process of returning back to work. It’s such a hard thing to do when all you want is to spend time with your children – (whether they are younger or older) and make sure they get the best possible up-bringing you can offer them. Being Mums that work in nurseries, it is perhaps a little easier for us, as we know more about nursery life.
This year, we would like to focus our blog topic on ‘mature staff perspectives,’ these series of blog posts may be helpful to those whom combat your journeys back into work after a possibly break from being a stay at home parent or a career change to childcare. We would love to hear your experiences too, so please comment below if you have any stories you would like to share.
Today we will be talking to Linda who works in the Preschool room at our Rickmansworth Town Centre Nursery, who is currently on her eighth year of working with the Daybreak family. Linda has three older daughters aged 25, 27, and 31 all of who have their own careers.DSC05883 (2) - Copy


 

Hello Linda and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule today and joining us. How has the welcome from the Staff at Daybreak helped you in becoming a strong and well-loved character of the Daybreak team?
Hello – thank you for letting me talk about my life before Daybreak! As I had worked at home as a Childminder for the past twenty years, returning to a workplace was a very daunting proposition for me. At first I really worried about remembering all the children’s names, the different policies that were needed to follow and also the fact that the majority of staff were much younger than I. However, as time has gone by I feel that Daybreak has given me the opportunity to carry on working with children which has always been very important to me and the staff that I have worked with along the way have always been kind and understanding towards my needs. Soon after I started working at Daybreak, the ladies allowed me to be part of their team, of which I feel I am a well trusted and respected member.

Please enlighten us on a ‘Day in the life of Linda’ at Daybreak! What are your main tasks for the day?
My first important task of the day is to greet all the children in my room (Preschool), with “good morning” this can be in a group, or individually. So many children are excited to see me and tell me they have brought a book in for Storytime, or want to tell me of any news updates that they have. Throughout the day I work or play alongside the children on a one to one basis or in a small group to learn about their skill development as they grow into the next chapter of their learning. Also, I find the time during my nursery day to collect a group of children from their schools and take them to the Break or back to Nursery for their lunch after their morning at school.

We know that you have three daughters whom are grown up and working themselves, when they were younger did they attend a nursery? How did you pass the time as they were growing up?
When my daughters were young I was a childminder, I became a childminder because I wanted to be at home with my three children whilst they were young. They all attended a playgroup daily and mixed with different children that I cared for over the years, as they got older they attended school clubs, dance and swimming clubs at term time, they also went to holiday clubs which I feel they have really benefitted from as this was a drive to keep them active. Due to my job, I always had children around me, this was very handy to the parents of the children I looked after – as I was a cheap taxi service for dropping off and picking up at school run times. I do feel I spent as much time with my girls as I possibly could, any clubs that they did attend – I was able to take the other children in my care to as well as it was so beneficial in a part of growing up.

Is there any advice you would like to share with parents? Would have changed or maybe thought out in a different way regarding your children transitioning at school and years afterwards?
The only advice I would give to other parents would be that I found it so beneficial and sociable for my children to have others around them – whether at a play or nursery setting, or having other children in my home with them – through my eyes, this grew very beneficial to my family. So I guess for me, the more sociable your children are, the more confident they will thrive to be through their lives.

Moving further, we all know and love ‘Linda’s Story Time’ in the Preschool room. How does this feel for you, knowing that the children/parents and even staff especially love this time of day?
My Story-time has become quite a popular event in the preschool room. The children run up to me and greet me with their chosen books from home, it is quite a special time for me to really bond with the children, it even surprises me how quiet they all become and get engrossed in the stories – I sometimes have up to twenty children at one story time. Every lady that has worked in our kitchen has actually passed comment on how they really enjoy the time and even miss it when I am not there. So many parents have said to me ‘Ah, you’re Linda – we have heard so much about your Storytime!’ so all this is lovely feedback and does make me feel really happy and very proud on how well this activity has become.

By having gained many years experience in childcare; through working in a nursery setting, childminding and through being a mum yourself, how would you advise mature parents and younger, when it comes to settling their little bundles of joy into nursery?
Having worked in both a nursery setting and at home as a Childminder, I can honestly say there are pros and cons on both sides – whatever your age as a parent. I think the best advice would be to visit as many settings as you possibly can, covering both Nursery and Childminders and ask as many of the questions you have in mind – they are so important to you, however trivial they might seem. By doing this you will get a feel for the place and choose where you are most comfortable as a family. I think having as many settles as you want is very crucial for yourself and your child. In my experience choose a start date for your child which is suited to your needs and perhaps meet all of the carers that will be spending time with your little ones. I feel it is also important to keep a child in a homely environment, which both a nursery setting or a childminder can offer – it is just about choosing the right one for you.

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us Linda, we wish you lots of many happy years with Daybreak Nurseries and look forward to hearing of your wonderful story times soon.


 



 

Returning to work.

 

 

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1.    Welcome back Kylie, congratulations on your child! How does it feel being a mother of two and returning to work?

Thank you, it’s good to be back and getting into the swing of things again.

Being a mum of two, wow I haven’t really had time to stop and think about it. It’s such a crazy rollercoaster ride managing your time and then preparing for my return to work. But both girls are great, they get on very well which is a good thing haha… although my eldest daughter was convinced that bubba was only staying for a few days so that was funny trying to explain to a 3year old actually darling she is staying forever.

 

Returning to work has been ok. You get to the stage where you’re ready to get back to work. Having 8months off is great because you get to see all those important milestones… but 8months away from the work environment is like having forever off with lots of different changes to staffing, promotions, paperwork. It’s like walking into a new place.

 

2.   Now that you are back at work, how do you feel about having a child at Daybreak and your eldest at School?

 

It’s great having her at Daybreak and I’m very lucky to be able to have her at the nursery with me. The transitions from home to nursery work very well and the settling in process is great so she was able to meet her careers prior to actually starting nursery. I’m very lucky because both girls settled very well at Daybreak all the staff made this transition happen and made it such a smooth transition for them.

 

My eldest has settled well into Nursery School she loves meeting new people so it has really benefited her and she also gets to see her friends back at Daybreak in the afternoons which she is also happy about.

 

 

 

3.   Since you have been back at work for 2 or so weeks, have you found it easier or harder returning with 2 children?

 

I wouldn’t really say it’s harder neither easier. I’m the sort of person that just gets on with things and grasped very quickly that now there is two children to get ready, I have just had to manage my time better. With school/Nanny pick ups and drop offs. Don’t get me wrong I do sit in the car in the morning and am like right eldest is going here, youngest is going there and I need to get to work for this time. I must look like a crazy lady haha.

 

 

 

4.   How have the staff team helped your transition back to Daybreak?

 

All the staff have been great, welcomed me back and have updated me with changes and other information I needed. The main transition is ensuring both girls were settled and happy which they are so thank you girls for all your hard work.

 

 

 

5.   Have you found settling in to nursery transition any different for your second child, in comparison to your first child’s settling process?

 

No I have been very lucky both girls settled really well, we had no tears at all which is great and upsetting at the same time. Makes you think awww there very happy but then you think but hang on why are you not sad being left. Haha. I’m very grateful to the girls because they made those transitions easy for both the girls. Happy girls, happy mummy!

 

 

 

6.   How are you finding the morning now that you are doing a school drop off as well as dropping off your little one to nursery and starting work?

 

Time management, constantly looking at the clock ensuring we leave at the right time, but again as all parents know every day is different, hurdles get higher everyday especially if you have a 3 year old that has just got out of bed on the wrong side.

 

The school drop off is ok it’s pretty quick and I have the girls grandmother helping out also.

 

 

 

7.   How is your eldest getting involved with helping with the transition period for your youngest?

 

My eldest is great she is such a character that would brighten up any body’s day. She is always asking where her younger sister is going for the day. And when we get back to nursery she is very eager to see her in her room before she goes to see her friends. 

 

 

 

8.   And finally, any advice for parents facing a similar situation or thinking about returning to work?

 

My advice would be to do it! Get yourself back into the swing of things, as hard as it is leaving your children they really will benefit from meeting new people whether it be at a Day Nursery, a Nanny or a family member.

 

Working in a team really is great you all bounce off each other and it really brings the best out in you. Managing your time is key, but you will be surprised it comes as natural as being a parent.

 

Returning to work will really benefit you also, it will give you that much needed space that we all need sometimes. We have all been there, babbling away and then realising your actually sitting in a room full of adults (embarrassing) haha!

 

But yes enjoy your time off and see all those important moments and then when you and baby are ready then start to think about the next stage.

 

Good luck.

 

 

 

 

Children’s Nutrition!

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Our bodies need vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and fat in order to remain consistently healthy. Children however need different amounts at different stages in their childhood. Research has proven how significant a child’s early years are in terms of long term health and well being. The first 5 years are so important for developing strong bones, teeth, muscles, brain and generally a healthy body. Of course it is very important to limit the amount of sugary foods and saturated fats. Naturally occurring sugars in fruits also need to be limited so not too many grapes, strawberries etc. Fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy are all vital components in a child’s diet and should be included in a varied, exciting and consistent way to ensure children get to experience tastes and enjoy food. Remember children need to try food at least three times before we conclude they don’t like them so if they don’t eat that piece of broccoli the first time, just keep trying.

From around one onwards your little one should be able to eat what the rest of the family eats but of course cut up and in smaller amounts. This routine is important for children so they get into the habit of consuming a healthy and varied diet.

Here at Daybreak Nurseries we are always very conscious of our children’s nutrition and reflect this in our seasonal menus.  We have key members of staff who devise healthy but exciting tea menus. They also sit down with our chefs and discuss the lunch menu in great detail in order to be able to provide the best options for all children, taking into account a varied diet and making sure all food groups are included sufficiently throughout the nursery day.

Natalie our chef has been cooking for Daybreak for over a year now and has been vital in providing the yummy menus we use on a daily basis. With this in mind we are keen to find out more about her and her background in cooking. So please read on to see what our chef Natalie has to say about all things nutrition.

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1. Hi Natalie, you’ve been with Daybreak for over a year now. How have you found working in nursery catering and how does it compare to your previous experiences?

Hi Kylie ! I have previously worked in restaurants, pubs, schools and nurseries . Typically my day as a nursery chef at Daybreak starts at 8am to ensure all my prep and cooking is done in time for lunch.Most other nurseries would typically have one chef per location who would do less hours but I am full time and cater for all four Daybreak sites at our kitchen at Amersham Chiltern Avenue .This means I can dedicate my time to ensure that children at all Daybreak sites are getting the same tasty ,nutritionally balanced lunches everyday.

2. Have you found that allergies, food aversions and preferences have changed since starting with us? How do you ensure that all preferences are catered for appropriately on a day to day basis?

Food allergies are always quite common in babies/younger children which most grow out of in later life .We try and encourage all of our children to try everything on our menu to help them develop good eating habits.I work closely with each nursery to produce paperwork that I refer to daily outlining any special dietary requirements.I also have regular meetings with nursery managers to discuss the progress of children with dietary requirements.

3. You cater for all four Daybreak sites; do you find it difficult catering for 100+ children? For example getting the right quantities, keeping the food at the correct temperature and the logistics of getting the food to the right destination.

On my busiest days I’m catering for 180 children which isn’t as complicated as it sounds ! I’ve previously done contract catering in a local girl’s school which helps estimate my portions.I have a Kitchen Assistant , Rob,who helps pack up food tins into giant thermo boxes and then delivers them to our three other sites within 45 minutes to ensure lunches are arriving piping hot and on time.

4. Do you feel the nursery menu caters for the children’s nutritional needs and how much input do you have in the final menu?

We have been doing the catering for the last 18 months and I believe our current menu is the best yet.We try to include different styles of cuisine as well as plenty of pulses and wholegrains too.Homemade cakes and biscuits are on the menu  but I’ve carefully selected baked goodies that aren’t too sugary !

5. What is your previous experience in catering and has this helped your continuing journey at Daybreak?

I previously trained as a Chef at Aylesbury College and after my first year specialised in Pastry and Confectionery.I’ve been working in catering since I was 15 and have worked in various pubs and restaurants although in recent years I’ve been working in schools and nurseries.In my spare time I run my own cake business. All my previous roles have helped me in my role at Daybreak but my biggest interest is being able to use my baking skills to make desserts and cakes for children with special dietary requirements.

6. You have a strong interest in baking and have produced some great Cakes for Daybreak, is baking something you wish to take further in the future? If yes, what would you like to do?

I do love baking cakes ! Occasionally I do cakes for vintage fairs and weddings but Daybreak keeps me pretty busy.One day I would love to run my own cake shop.

 

 

Getting ready for school

The first day at school can be a big transition for young children, and parents. The realisation that your little one is old enough for school is quite a daunting prospect and the unknown of the new school routine and making new friends is scary for all involved.

Here are some handy tips to get your child school ready.

  • Role play schools – Doing simple imaginative games can help prepare for the impending transition. Dressing up in the school uniform, having a packed lunch and a playtime outside.
  • Having everyday skills is important – being able to sit still and listen will help them adjust to the school classroom routine. Sometimes this can be harder for boys and also the younger children and of course is easier said than done.
  • Practise strengths – using scissors, holding mark making resources and doing lots of fine motor movements and hand eye coordination games will prepare them for class room activities. Also get counting with them too, sing counting songs and use numbers throughout the day as you go about your routine.
  • Recognising their names – practise writing their names and also recognising their names when written down as this will help them find their pegs and other labels when at school.
  • Being toilet trained – most schools will require your child to be toilet trained. It’s important that the child feels confident toileting in unfamiliar environments so take this into consideration when toilet training.
  • Never assume they will be fine – the most sociable child is often the one that struggles to settle into a new environment because they feel so confident in their current surroundings.
  • Listen to the teachers – they have settled in new school children before so have most likely seen all scenarios. Ask their advice on how to prepare your child for school in the mornings.
  • Prepare your child – Let your child know what is happening all the time. Preparing them before they start school and involving them in all the before school morning routine so they know what is happening at all times.
  • Keep communicating – talk to your child about how they are feeling and what they are doing at school (but keep questions simple, no interrogations). Also communicate with the teachers as and when necessary as children don’t always give the full story.

Good luck to all the children heading off to school in September, they’ll be fine!

 

Transitioning interview with Jo #wearemumstoo

September is a time where there’s a lot of change around in nurseries and schools. Younger children are moving into older rooms and the pre-school children are moving up to ‘big’ school. Moving from your safe place in a nursery to a more structured school environment can be a really challenging time for some children and parents too. so its important to make sure all involved feel comfortable with the changes taking place and the process that it may entail.

Here at Daybreak we like to make sure the children are as prepared as possible for all transitions, we make sure that the children have sufficient visits at key times of the day into their new rooms and we also ensure that parents have been introduced to new key carers and shown around the new environment. For Children going off to school we like to  make sure the children have met their new school teacher, we allow the children to have a practice at bringing in and eating a packed lunch and we provide opportunity for them to wear, and be proud of, their new school uniform too.

Jo, is one of our nursery managers, who has been with Daybreak for the last 12 years, she has seen both her children make their journeys through Daybreak and begin their time at ‘big’ school. With that in mind we have put together some questions to Jo to see how she and her family coped with the transitions.

1. Jo, both of your girls have made their journeys through Daybreak, how did you find their transitions into each of the different rooms throughout the nursery.

Yes, both of my girls have been part of the Daybreak family since they were babies, as Jo jokes she mentions things ran smoothly.

2. What were your main concerns about transitioning to a school environment e.g. How your girls would cope? How it would affect family life? How it would affect your working life?

All of the above, I was worried about the girls and how I would manage drop off and pick ups juggled with work life. With the girls being at Daybreak , I always knew where they were, what they had eaten and how they had been throughout the day, I took this for granted, as school feedback is completely different and their days are much shorter than a nursery day.

3. Moving onto a school environment is a very different process, how did your girls find it and did it effect you as a family? Do you think you found it any easier knowing the transition process that occurs within the nursery environment?

The transition from nursery to school is very different, I think the first time around it was the unknown and I felt anxious, but I did not show this to Antonia, my first daughter. I feel at Daybreak our transitions are very in-depth, a lot of personal plans are thought through, such as home visits and settles, which are suited to a parent and child’s needs. Where as at school there is a lot of paper work and it is not as personal to the child or adult.

4. Did you find the move to school easier with your second child? Was it difficult watching them grow into school children and not having babies/toddlers anymore?

Yes, definitely easier, as I knew what to expect with my second child. I found it hard that my children had gone from Daybreak and that they are no longer babies. However, I am now excited about their new experiences in life. 

5. Your eldest has now moved onto secondary school, was that an easier transition to make as a family?

A daunting experience with it being unknown, she has been settled at secondary school for a year near now and is now formed good friendships. Now at secondary school, all we rely on is receiving school reports, which are not very in-depth, but they give us the information we need to know. School life is completely different, you cannot just phone or email just to check how your child is doing on the day. Where as at Daybreak, you have lots of communication and feedback throughout the duration of nursery.jog

Thank you for your answers Jo, good luck to you and your family in any future transitions.

First time pregnancies

Kylie Lehane (Assistant Manager at ATC) and Laura Stevens (Manager at ACA) have been instrumental in our great “we are mums too” marketing campaign and are responsible for the marketing and in particular social media and our Blogs. They are both pregnant and are expecting their first babies this year in September and October respectively. They normally interview our lovely mums for information for our blogs and I thought I would turn it around and interview them:-

 

1.Being pregnant for the first time how have you found it and any milestones or funny antidote’s you could share with us?

Kylie – So far my pregnancy has been very straightforward with no complications and barely any of the regular symptoms. To be honest, until I started getting a little larger in the tummy area I still wasn’t convinced I was actually pregnant due to my lack of symptoms. I understand I’ve been very lucky so far and am not taking it for granted, hopefully the rest of my pregnancy will run as smoothly.

Laura – My pregnancy from the off has been a rollercoaster experience, it hasn’t seemed that straight forward for me however slowly but surely I seem to be getting used to it. Obviously we are very excited however each milestone of pregnancy that the book may tell you a symptom you could possibly get  … seemed to be happening. The worst for me has been the sickness and having no control over my body. Sickness lasted from around 7 weeks to 18/19 weeks pregnant not just in the mornings it decided to appear in the evenings too.

2. You are both in important roles within Daybreak, how have you found combining both working and your pregnancy.

Kylie – So far it hasn’t affected my job or responsibilities in any way. As aforementioned I had no morning sickness so was able to continue as normal. As I get bigger I’m starting to feel a little more tired and achy at the end of the day and realise that I won’t be able to do some of the more strenuous jobs soon but I aim to carry on as normal as much as possible. As I get further along and need more midwife appointments and other such appointments I feel guilty for having to take time away being part of a very busy nursery, but I try as much as possible to schedule them around shifts or previously booked annual leave days.

Laura – Becoming pregnant hasn’t affected my job role or responsibilities within the work place however I have had to priorities especially my mornings to allow enough time to get up and sort the morning sickness out to ensure I can still get to work on time. I have found working during my pregnancy nice. I have received some lovely comments and advice from parents and my staff team are very supportive, especially when it comes to me stretching or lifting things (ev4.en if I do tell them I can do it). I am starting to get more tired but I am lucky to have a good team around me and we keep everybody motivated which helps take you mind off the little niggles.

 

3. Being in a management role as you know can be extremely busy and exhausting on a day to day basis, when pregnant, tiredness levels can also be increased. What are your tips for coping with possible added tiredness?

Kylie – Again I didn’t suffer too much from tiredness. I had the odd day were I felt really exhausted and would fall asleep once I got home but during the day, while going about my daily jobs at the nursery  I always feel fine and so far, it hasn’t affected my roles and responsibilities.

Laura – I have found that you really do need to listen to your body, there has been some evenings I have come home from work got in the bath and been in bed quite early but that just seems to help, sometimes we all need an early night. I have found what you are eating has an impact on this too, there is no use having snacks and sugar boosts to help you get through the day, A lot of water and fruit is my key plus it seems to be what baby wants! Win win!

 

4. Has being pregnant changed the way you think about your policies and procedures and how effective they are?

Kylie – This hasn’t been something I’ve really thought about to be honest. I’m sure once I’ve had the baby and I return to work (hopefully with baby in tow) the nurseries policies and procedures will affect me more as a parent, especially the illnesses procedures and exclusion periods, there might be some relying on grandparents to look after a potentially ill child so I can still work.

Laura – There have been a few things as we prepare for baby and thinking about babies life at Daybreak. I find that when I am in manager meetings I can relate allot more to parent questions or worries because I start to think well how would that make me feel. However from a Nursery Nurse point of view the policies are in place for a reason and we have to remember that.

5. Has it helped you by working in a nursery and seeing the small babies and children grow to prepare for motherhood?

Kylie – I think it has definitely helped prepared me to an extent. I feel like I know a little about what to expect and have some ideas about the kind of parent I wish to be. Although of course you never really know, every child is different and I may change my mind completely once the baby is actually here. I’m open minded and me and my husband will go with the flow as much as possible in response to what the baby needs. 

Laura – I have been slightly out of the loop of babies for a few years but thinking back to working at Rickmansworth as a room leader watching the children come into the setting as babies and leaving the pre-school at graduation is an amazing thing! Everybody says the time goes so quickly so we are ready to embrace every minute of it. As much as watching the children learn and grow, I am unsure anybody can prepare us for what we have coming … (haha)

6. Are you both ready for your maternity leave and the imminent birth of your babies?

Kylie – I’ve just recently planned for when I go on maternity leave, it was very surreal as I’ve been at Daybreak for 10 years this year and can’t imagine not coming in everyday. Although I must admit I’m really looking forward to a little ‘me’ time before the baby arrives and obviously spending the proceeding time with my new baby. I’m certainly not ready for the baby yet and still have a lot to buy and prepare and I’m certainly not ready for labour . . . but who is?

Laura – To be honest maternity leave is something that hasn’t really crossed my mind yet obviously we are putting things in place for the nursery for when I do leave however it hasn’t really sunk it that I will be going. In my head, baby is going to pop out and I will be back at work before you know it. However my partner and I do have a “babymoon” coming up so it will be so nice to spend some time together before we are ready for our little man to arrive. With regard to the labour… there’s no going back he’s coming out either way and I will be going in with that attitude.

 

7. Have the children helped you choose any names for your baby? (when I was pregnant preschool wanted to call my baby Hercules or Princess Aurora LOL)

Kylie – As I work in the baby unit with the toddlers (18mths to 30mths) they’re not really aware of my pregnancy or have any ideas about names. We have ‘The Break’ children (afterschool club) in our area downstairs and they are always asking about my baby, they like to touch my bump and ask me whether it’s a boy or girl (which I’m not finding out).

Laura – As I have only just started the show I’m not sure the children could get their head around the fact that I am having a baby. A few of the children will say “Laura, you have a baby in your tummy, I have a baby too”. I think as I get bigger the names will be something we discuss.. pretty sure it will have something to do with frozen or super hero’s knowing our pre-school children.

 

8. Have any parents offered you any advice or pearls of wisdom about becoming a mum?

Kylie – I‘ve had lots of congratulations and parents asking me how I’m feeling but so far no pearls of wisdom. One parent has very kindly offered me her old car seat at a low price but being our first born we’re quite keen to buy all new and unused baby paraphernalia, but we are extremely grateful for her thoughtfulness.

Laura – I have received a lot of support and some lovely emails. Many of the dads in particular have joked how our life’s are going to change.. Some Words of wisdom from our mums is to look after myself and listen to my body, which is the main thing I have been trying to do.  I am now looking forward to becoming a first time mummy and joining in with being able to say “We are mums too!

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Kylie is due in September                                    Laura is due in October

 

Thanks for your time and great answers ladies, we look forward to meeting both babies in the near future and perhaps having a follow up interview about how you’re both finding motherhood.

Fathers day #wearedadstoo

Father’s Day is fast approacjohn-charlottehing and we to get a perspective through the eyes of a father. John is not only a Daybreak Daddy but his wife Sam Kingman also works at Rickmansworth Town Centre, Sam is Assistant Manager and Early Years Professional.

Sam and John had beautiful Charlotte in May 2015. Sam returned to work 4 days a week in January 2016, also bringing Charlotte to Nursery 2 days a week.

1)      Hi John thank you for agreeing to our interview as a Daybreak Daddy! Firstly how is parenthood for you?

It was a steep learning curve for me but I love every moment of it.  It has helped that Sam has experience so she’s led me in things I’ve not done before.

2)      When baby Charlotte started at Daybreak how did you feel about her being at nursery? Did it help knowing that Sam was in office?

I was happy Charlotte started at nursery because I understand how important it is for children to socialise and learn new things from a young age.   It did help knowing Sam was in the office at first as she could also keep me posted on how Charlotte was doing but after time it didn’t really make a difference as the team in her room have, especially her key worker, have shown how much they care for her.

3)      Were you worried about Charlotte settling in ok and how easy was that process for you as a family?

I think Sam was more worried than I was but as a parent you’re always going to worry. I think it was slightly easier for me as I wasn’t there at the drop offs and I was unaware, as such, of the challenges we may have to go through for Charlotte to settle whereas Sam had seen it all before. The process itself was straightforward and we were informed of what progress she’d made at each settle day and things we could do to help the process. She now loves nursery and rarely wants to leave!

4)      Do you think Charlotte benefits from being at nursery more so than she would at home or with a childminder?

Yes I think having children of her age around her helps to develop her social skills and she takes part in a variety of activities which helps develop her overall knowledge and understanding. I feel she benefits more from being at nursery then she would going to a child-minder or being at home.

5)      Do you feel involved in Charlotte’s nursery life? If so how?

I didn’t at first, as Sam was there to keep an eye! But now I regularly read her daily diary and then try to help her overcome any issues she may have had e.g. not settling for sleep or not trying certain foods.