Is My Child Ready for Nursery?

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Nursery is the first stepping stone in a child’s education. Although it’s not compulsory, children can benefit from the educational opportunities available to them and a smooth transition into proper schooling. For parents it is also a means to get back to work, or just have a much-needed break. It’s a decision that is completely personal to you and your child. You may feel that they are not yet at the stage where they’d feel comfortable away from you. To help you make that call, we’ve teamed up with a nursery in Worthing to create this post on what to consider. 

Separation Anxiety

Unlike later in school, there are varying ages that children can be enrolled. The earliest that you can send your child to nursery is 3 months old, although a few extend their services to newborns. Children can start anytime between then and 4 years of age. The decision is up to you and what you feel most comfortable with. If your child is okay being left alone in the supervision of another adult, it’s an indicator that they will be okay. However, if you can’t leave the room without them whaling, it’s probably not the best idea as it can be stressful for them and create anxiety.

Getting Back to Work

Being a parent is a full-time job and if you have commitments like work to get back to, you may choose to make the decision sooner rather than later. Nurseries are manned by qualified and highly skilled professionals, so you don’t need to be worried on that front. They will be in good hands, so you can rest assured of that whilst you get on with your day.

A Break

Sometimes you also need a little time to yourself and that’s completely okay. Since the day they’re born, you can’t really let them out of your sight which can be exhausting. If you need a helping hand, a nursery can help and there may be funding available based on your circumstances.

Like mentioned earlier, nursery can be incredibly beneficial for a child in their learning and development. It gives them the chance to meet others their age which allows them to build some level of confidence and social skills as they learn how to interact with others and play nicely. They will also work towards key milestones and will do lots of work around fine motor skills and engage in sensory play.

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