First of all, happy new year everyone! Only took me about a month to say that 🙂
Towards the end of 2016, we decided to make some changes which I knew was going to make the start of 2017 very interesting, and we haven’t been disappointed at all! It’s been busy busy busy! All in all, I’m super thankful for how everything has turned out and we’re already starting to reap the benefits of some of those changes…
To start with, Jr’s nursery! When we moved down south last year it was a bit of a whirlwind event, so we literally picked the first nursery that had space for Aj & Jr. It had a ‘Good’ rating (2 out of 4 with 1 being Outstanding) based on the Ofsted report (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) and that was good enough for me.
Aj spent a few months then left and started Reception, hubby and I reflected on how Aj’s learning slowed down when we moved and kick-started once she started Reception. We didn’t think too much of it until we got the latest Ofsted report from the nursery. Apparently, the nursery scored 4 (also known as Ineffective) in the space of 3 years! We were shocked, but honestly, the signs were there! One key thing they listed was poor structure and development for the kids so it was hard to showcase progression and individual growth – this was something we definitely related with.
Obviously, Jr was still there in the toddler room (19 months) but getting ready to start his more structured learning (starts around 2.5 years). There were so many concerns raised, and considering the way we felt about Aj’s learning in the nursery, we made the decision to take him out of the nursery even though he was generally happy.
So we began the search again for a new nursery for Jr. This time we weren’t taking any chances and wanted one that had an Outstanding rating and was closer to home. The previous one was in the neighbouring town and this was another reason to make the move.
We eventually found somewhere we were happy with. This place has more structured plans, a personal journal for each child which tracks goals and progression and its a feeder to Aj’s school. Let’s just say we were blown away when we went to visit, compared to a couple of others we saw.
Then we began the settling in process. Yes, we had a few confused tears as my poor son didn’t understand why he had to go to two nurseries twice in a day, bless him! We got there in the end and he started full time this week, and so far it’s been great! Even the staff praise him on how he just gets on with it and is so independent and affectionate. This morning, he went to give his key-person a cuddle when I dropped him off, that made me so happy! I’m so thankful that it’s sorted and everyone settled in and is happy!
Something else that changed this year is my working hours. Aj started getting frustrated with taking the bus every morning and evening to school and I started having mummy guilt. So, after much consideration, we agreed I’d reduce my hours on Thursdays & Fridays and finish work by 2 pm. This way I get to take her to school in the morning and pick her up by 3.15pm. It’s been great and now we have much better mornings throughout the week. It also means we get to have more time together during the week doing stuff – I’m looking forward to summer time!
So yeah, it’s been a busy but productive month already and next month is always another busy month for us, what with anniversaries and birthdays! I haven’t planned one thing come to think of it, but we’ll take it as it comes! Life really has gotten real 🙂
Hope you all have a lovely weekend ahead…