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18/06/2014 at 19:09
My daughter has been going to an amazing nursery near where I work since she was 7 months (2 days a week term time only) but when I go on maternity leave in September I'm not going to drive 45 mins to take her to the nursery. I'm 100% sure but I think it's unlikely I'll be going back to work for a few years after having baby no 2 as it won't be worth paying for 2 in childcare as my wage probably won't cover it unless I find something much closer. Today I went to look around the preschool of our local primary school & it's lovely. She can't start their until April 2015 & the receptionist thought she might not get in until sept as they fill the sept & jan places 1st (not based on 1st come 1st served either). So I'm now unsure how much change to give her. Should I put her in a nursery for a few mornings a week from Jan - april then transfer her in april or jan-july or should I just take her to lots of playgroup sessions as I'm not sure if 3 nurseries is a lot of change (especially if I'm at home & if she gets into preschool for april).
Hope that makes sense. She's a bit of shy thing & think nursery has helped her but she still plays alongside children her own age rather than with them like a lot of her peers seem to do when I pick her up. Any advice or suggestions would be great. Also I forgot to ask when I'll know when she's got a place, I'm guessing they'll know in Sept.
18/06/2014 at 19:25
I'm pulling Isaac from the cm, he's been there from 7 months too. Are there any Pre schools locally she can go to? Isaac goes to one here every thurs afternoon and tue and wed morning in September. Iv booked 5 mornings from next Easter when he gets his free hours. I figured the 3 days he's in Pre school he will have structure and then the other 2 days il be going to play groups too. We think we are going to hire a nanny from next oct/nov time as it just makes more sense with 3 and will actually save me money so I really need to get the ball rolling and start looking into that
18/06/2014 at 21:02
Are you absolutely set on the school preschool? I only ask this as now quote often they are not feeders for the connected primary and I'd be more inclined to look for a preschool that can take her from when your maternity leave starts, and keep her there.
We're starting O at a local preschool that's in our local church hall from September...2 mornings initially to see how he gets on as we won't get his funded hours until the following September due to his DOB (cut off was 31.03 for Summer term funding!). We're going to keep him there as it's close to home, is spoken of v highly and has great facilities including an outdoor play area. I'd say try not to put all your eggs in one basket...enquire at a few other preschools and have a look around as many as you can
18/06/2014 at 21:57
I've been emailing lots of settings that are listed on our county family website. The 1 that's nearest (other than the school which is the nearest) has an awful ofsted report from April this year so I'm not going to look there. I will look at others & see what I think. That's a good point Coco, I always assumed that being at the nursery of a school put you higher up the priority list but living in catchment is the highest priority (which we do) so even though I've signed up for a place if somewhere better that can take her sooner I might go for that. The 1 I've heard the best about is a bit of a trek & I don't really want to have to drive her to it! It's so tricky!! RF I was thinking 2 or 3 mornings initially then moving up to 5 when she gets her funded hours. Good luck in your nanny search
18/06/2014 at 22:06
I didn't think they did feeder schools at all? It'd be worth checking. Is catchment the highest priority? Ours is looked after children, medical/social needs/siblings/catchment for primary but for preschools attached to the school it's date of birth and catchment doesn't come into it. So we live 800ft from the school and only just got in and with the nursery he was the second last to get in on birthdays
It would be worth checking
18/06/2014 at 22:21
Thanks RF, yes the receptionist seemed a bit vague about it (but also very busy) so I'm going to email to see when we find out. Maybe she was talking about the school rather than the preschool & I got the wrong end of the stick! The date of birth thing surprised me so the gist of it is that if there are enough children registered to start in the Sept (the term after they're 3) then there won't be space for any intakes in Jan or April. She seemed to think it'd be unlucky that there'd be an intake at Easter as it'd be full by then. Thanks for replying I will check. It's so much more complicated than I thought!!
19/06/2014 at 07:01
Yes the DOB. Thing is only for preschool and yes children miss out. It's usually school nurserys (but don't think it's nationwide, as there was a DW thread a while back and some schools did it and others didn't, I think it's because with Pre school places at schools the school chooses the criteria and not the LEA). L was a jan birthday and got in but his friend was a 27th feb birthday and didn't (he then got a place in the school for reception and DOB didn't matter), so that's why schools suggest you apply to a few preschools. Can you phone the school where you want her to go to Pre school and ask the criteria priority? Isaac will get in this time on the sibling link (if I remember to do the form , there's already 47 applicants for his preschool for sept'15 though and they will only take 24
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