But I Don’t Want To Go To School…

This is something I’ve been hearing a lot recently; ‘But I don’t want to go to school.’ I don’t think I was expecting to hear something like this from Erin for at least another couple of years. The week following the Easter holidays is when Erin’s funded education hours finally kicked in. After waiting since January we were finally able to make the most of her being entitled to 30 free hours. Erin started a new nursery in January but seemed to settle in immediately and she got excited about going near enough every day. The setting, a Montessori nursery,

The Start Of Erin’s Funded Childcare

The decision to send Erin to nursery at 2 was honestly a really easy one and she started just a few days after her 2nd birthday. We’d had her nursery picked out for months and at the time, we knew it was the right place for her and us. I struggle with PND and although it’s not nearly as bad as it was, I still have my moments. I needed time and space and Erin needed to be around children her own age, something that had stopped as soon as baby classes finished. Erin going to nursery was what we

Stikets Name Labels Review & Giveaway

AD | Paid partnership with Stikets & gifted items¬† Erin already goes to nursery for 3 days a week but after the Easter holidays she’ll be going up to 4 days thanks to her 30 hours of funding. Just the other week I noticed that some of the labels we had on Erin’s official nursery jumpers had fallen off in the washing machine. I needed to get something new to replace them, as well as to label some of the other items of clothing Erin wears to nursery on a regular basis. I recently teamed up with Stikets to review

A New Year With Big Changes

This time last year I was writing about Erin’s first day at nursery and wondering how the hell I was going to cope not having her at home with me every day like normal. The settling in sessions and those first few weeks were absolutely heartbreaking for both of us. Erin ran off to explore on her settling in days but when it came to dropping her off for full nursery days she screamed, cried and clung to me for dear life. I spent most of the time walking home crying and feeling lost in a quiet house when I

How To Prepare Your Child When Moving Nurseries

In the middle of November I received an email I never could have expected. The email was to call a meeting at Erin’s nursery and the private school attached to it. Unfortunately, the meeting was full of bad news and we were told that unless a miracle happened, the school and nursery would be closing in either 2 or 4 weeks. Shocked and upset cannot even begin to cover how I felt. We had spent a whole year going to open days to get Erin ready for this nursery and we knew that we picked the right place for her.

Erin’s First Year At Nursery

I think we first decided on which nursery Erin would go to back when she was about 1. We chose a nursery attached to a private school as Erin seemed to be really comfortable there immediately. We took her to every open day they had until she was able to start after her 2nd birthday. I remember Erin’s settling in sessions like they were yesterday and where she went off happily to explore and make friends, I sat in the corner crying my eyes out because my little girl didn’t need me as much any more. Getting Erin used to

Preparing For Packed Lunches

Disclaimer: We received a discount on these items but all opinions are our own. About a month ago we got the terrible news that Erin’s nursery, and the school it was attached to, would be closing down and today is that day. Currently, Erin has a hot lunch for each of the 3 days she’s at nursery with pudding and fruit being available each day as well. with Erin being quite a fussy eater at home having lunches sorted 3 days a week was a real relief and I was so happy knowing that she was eating something different. Erin

When Best-Laid Plans Go Awry

From Erin being around 1 year old we had a plan for her education. We started thinking about nurseries early with a plan for Erin starting somewhere as soon as she was 2. After we stopped baby classes I knew that Erin needed more interaction with children her own age and I also needed a break from everything for the sake of my mental health. Erin starting nursery at 2 was the best thing for everyone, even if it wasn’t good for our finances. The nursery that we chose for Erin was pretty much everything we could have asked for