Is My Child Ready for Nursery?
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Nursery is a bustling environment for toddlers ready to explore the world and what it has to offer, but for parents it’s about knowing when is the right time to take our children to nursery. This nursery school in St. Margarets has put together some advice to help you figure out when your child can head to nursery.
Firstly, their age
Most children are ready to head to nursery between the ages of 2 and 3, before they’re ready to start primary school in reception. This isn’t a hard and fast rule – it all depends on how your child’s developing and the speed they’re going at.
Consider the following:
Are they able to work or play on their own? Young children will be able to focus on drawing or working on a simple puzzle with direct supervision. Can your child sit quietly in their chair when they’re eating? Does your child know how to wash their hands? Can they be separated from you for a few hours? These questions, and more, will help you understand where your child is at in their development.
The bottom line is, your child needs to be prepared to be away from you for several hours a day in an environment they won’t be entirely used to. If you don’t feel that’s possible, then now’s the time to put some training in.
It’s not a race to have the quickest developing child, as everyone is completely different, but you can push them along by trying the above activities in small bursts.
Regular practice will give your child a heap of confidence, which can be done in a number of ways. Let them stay at your parents’ house for a few hours as a tester; see how they can handle eating food without you overlooking their every move; give them small breaks where they’re playing on their own, and get them involved in local play groups to get them socialising.