Thursday, 25 July 2013

Nursery School's out for .....ever

This week has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.

Chester has been at Nursery School since he was 18 months old. He started going to Nursery just 2 mornings a week, I put him into Nursery because we hardly knew anyone in the area and I felt he was getting a bit clingy just being with me during the days. Then when he was 3 his hours were increased to 3 full days (9-3), and he really loves it.

On Monday, Chester had his Nursery School graduation. All the children had to wear black trousers and a white top. They then performed a little show for us, singing and dancing to Madness' Baggy Trousers, Our House and It must be love. Its was so sweet, the dancing was so funny and then when it came to It must be love Chester rounded up his 2 very best friends, held their hands and sang with them. I was so choked up!

Then on Wednesday it was his very last day, after just over 3 years his time at the Nursery had come to an end. I dropped him off, he gave out some cards that he had made. Then I explained to him that it would be his last day and left him to have fun.

When I went to pick him up, he seemed fine, I explained that he needed to say goodbye to everyone as that would be the last time he would see them. No one from his Nursery got into the School we chose for Chester so he will be starting a fresh come September. He gave them all hugs and off we went.

So on the way home Chester was happily chatting to me about his day and the dramas of which child did what when as usual! I thought to myself it was a bit strange that he had not really mentioned it being his last day but didn't push the matter. But later on, in the evening, Chester all of a sudden burst into tears. I asked what was the matter and he replied with ' I am never going to see my friends again, I am not ready to leave Nursery'. Oh, I felt so very sad for him. Craig and I chatted with him about it and tried to cheer him up, I think he felt a little better, but I suppose he had only just let it sink in that he was actually leaving and going to big School. Somewhere totally unfamiliar to him, a place where he would have to make new friends.

Today though, Chester got a letter addressed to him in the post (brilliant timing). It was a letter from his new headteacher saying that she was looking forward to welcoming him to the School in September and also enclosing a picture of his 'buddy'. Basically all reception pupils have a 'buddy' from year 6 who help them get used to School life, they take them into assembly, hold there hand down to church and show them where they need to go if they get lost. I love this idea and I hope that Chester's buddy will help him to settle in with no problems. Chester seems happier after receiving this letter, so hopefully he will be fine now. We may have a wobble next week when he realises he has not got to get up to go to Nursery!

Did any of your little ones have this kind of meltdown? If so what did you do to comfort them?

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