For many parents, nursery is a practical form of childcare that enables them to return
to work. For some, nursery is an opportunity for children to socialise and develop
their confidence before eventually going off to school. Many nurseries offer places to
children as young as 3 months old, and staff are equipped with the knowledge and
skills to create a safe and comfortable environment for even the youngest children.
However, no matter how old your child is you will no doubt feel a little anxious about
the transition, and will want to make sure they are ready for this first step to
independence. A nursery in London has suggested some points to consider as you
determine whether your little one is ready to start their new adventure at nursery
school. Keep reading to find out more.
Can They Communicate With Others?
Your child doesn’t necessarily need to be speaking in full sentences, but the ability to
communicate their basic needs either verbally or through gestures, will help them
settle in and feel more comfortable at nursery. It will also allow them to follow
instructions from an unfamiliar adult and help them to integrate with other children.
Have They Spent Time Away From You?
For children who haven’t spent any time apart from their primary caregivers, nursery
may come as a bit of a shock. You can prepare them for this separation by having
them spend time with friends or relatives, helping them feel comfortable and safe in
the care of others.
Do They Play Well With Other Children?
Children who are only used to the company of adults may find it hard to socialise
with other children, and may become a little shy or withdrawn in their first few days at
nursery. To prepare them, organise playdates with friends or family with children of a
similar age, allowing your child to experience the company of other children whilst
having you close by for support.