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07/02/2013 at 04:44
It's far too early isn't it?! She had an assessment on Monday and they offered us a place yesterday. We are both a bit sad about it, she'll only turn 3 in July and will start school 5 days a week in September. I'm also concerned as to how on earth I get us all up, dressed and out of the house by 7am (she starts at 7:25am!)
07/02/2013 at 07:31
Woah that is a very early age to start big school WS, is that the norm out there? Is it compulsory? What time of things do they do in big school vs nursery? Im fretting at the 4yr start age in the UK but 3, id be really upset. How you feeling?
07/02/2013 at 07:39
Yes, it's normal unfortunately. It'll be FS1 (which I assume is nursery back in the UK but you don't actually have to send your children) Here you don't have to send them but the fact that it is so so competitive to get into school, means we have to send her this year rather than risk applying next year and not getting a place anywhere (it was hard enough to get her in this time around). I'm really upset about it as I love her little nursery and so does she. The school is so much bigger and it just felt wrong being there now. She's young for her school year anyway and compared to the other children at the assessment, she looks like a baby. I cried when we got accepted as I know we have to send her.
07/02/2013 at 07:56
Oh WS that really sucks. But if its the norm out there it has to be done. Is it full days?
07/02/2013 at 07:58
It's 7:25am until midday so not completely but not far off. It really sucks, but it may mean she gets a head start with learning I guess. That can't be a bad thing can it?
07/02/2013 at 08:02
Wow that's an early start for you all, that's when my kids are waking up for school but plus side is you get to spend the afternoons together and it will help her education, you would of been shocked though. I'm sure your wee one will be fine.
07/02/2013 at 08:08
I guess they do the early morning cos the heat. At least its not a full day so you still have the afternoons together. As you know my L does full days 5 days a week at nursery and he amazes me at home much he learns. So yes its definitely a good thing.
07/02/2013 at 08:13
My daughter will be three in August and she'll start at "school" in September too. She'll go from 8 till 1130 and wear a uniform. I'm dreading it too as she's my youngest and she's my little baby! We are in Wales and at school they will speak welsh to her the whole time., yikes!
My two boys have both loved it though so I'm sure she'll have a great time, as wil your daughter. Good luck both of you xx
LL- We wake up at 7am here. I'm going to have to be very very organised and Es bedtime is going to have to be brought forward. I think H is going to have to help me out too- I plan to drop him off at the office some days as it is 5 minutes past the school.
Belle- Yep, I think that's the reasons behind it. It makes sense. The following year though, she'll do 7:25am until 3pm. I think that's a really long day for a 4 year old! Good to hear that about L. I must admit, at times E has shown me things or read something and I've been amazed that she has learnt it at nursery (also a slight pang of guilt that it wasn't me who taught her )
07/02/2013 at 08:14
FS1 is the same as preschool here, Jacob will start 5 mornings, 8.50am till 12noon in September too, and I can top up by paying for the afternoons if I want to. He will be in school uniform as well. It's an early start for sure, but not massively different in age to over here. I'm sure she will love it.
07/02/2013 at 08:52
Ah well if its pre school thats not aa scary. Lou has been in uniform since August and its fab as his clothes don't get ruined lol
07/02/2013 at 08:53
Goodness it does seem young.
07/02/2013 at 09:24
That makes me feel better Margot! She has a uniform at nursery so is used to that, and I love it too as it means she can paint her clothes for all I care! The plus side, is even going full time, it's costing us less than her 3 mornings at her current nursery. It means I can afford to spend some money on classes for M when his big sister is at school.
07/02/2013 at 09:29
Is she going to a British school WS? The ages are the same as here, Jacob will start reception class in Sept 2014, when he will be 4y 2m and that will be full time, but I know that it is a lot of learning through play to begin with and they won't be pushed to do anything they aren't ready for. It makes me nervous as he will be so much younger than Joshua was (4y 9m when he started) but I've seen lots of summer babies do just fine and I'm sure ours will be too.
And that's good news if it means you have more time and money to do things with M too. As for the 7am start, it will just take practice, I'll be in the same boat trying to get 3 children and me ready and out of the door on time in September.
07/02/2013 at 09:34
Yes, it's a British school. Had we been home, she was down for 3 mornings a week at nursery from September and didn't start FT until Reception class in 2014 (the nursery is part of the school but had it's own little outbuilding and play area, here it is just part of the main school with no separate areas at play time). I think the fact that she is still 2 when most of her friends joining her at school are already 3, makes her seem too young. I know she is bright so it shouldn't be a problem in regards to learning, but she is still my baby
I don't envy you Margot! You'll be SuperMummy!
07/02/2013 at 09:58
It probably seems really young because she'll be one of the youngest in her year due to her July birthday, scary how quick it comes around. J turned 3 in the May and started school nursery 5 mornings a week in the September. I was really upset about it but once we got used to it, it was fine and he loves it.
He turns 4 in May and will be in 5 full days from September which is scary.
07/02/2013 at 10:00
I wish they didn't have to grow up SW!!
07/02/2013 at 10:08
I know, it goes so fast. This time 9yrs ago I was in the delivery suite, it seems like 5 mins ago.
You won't think it now but you soon get used to them being occupied every morning and also I bet in a couple of months time, you will think that she needs something else to keep her occupied and stimulate her. If J didn't to go nursery 5 mornings he would be so under stimulated, no matter how much I did with him.
07/02/2013 at 10:46
Is Recpetion class in the UK the same a KG1?
WS I have just come from dropping of the admission form for R to 'big' school. He will be 3/ just turned 4 depending on the stating date (September baby) so will be one of the youngest in his class. I too got really sad thinking of him going to such a big school (for him) and having to change from where he is.
If any help, he has been going to nursery for 2 years now full time and loves it, and as you said learns so much more than I could teach him.
Do you mind me asking where E is going?
07/02/2013 at 10:58
I think it might be LC...
She's going to Safa LC. We left it so late to apply that a lot of schools were already full (but happy to take 500AED and put her on a waiting list!) Got a good vibe from the school, teachers were all lovely so I'm pleased- it's a bit of a trek so may have to consider moving further that way next year. Where are you looking for R? I know it's good for them, I just wish she could stay at her current nursery here as it's 2 mins walk for us.
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