Well… We did it! We went to playgroup and survived. Yaye!
The playgroup is run by a group of volunteer mums and is at the British Deputy High Commission Club. Three days a week they take children from 0 – 2 years and on two days a week, they take 3 – 5 year olds. It runs from 9.30 am to 11.30 am. But you don’t have to be there at 9.30 am on the dot. Thank goodness – because we didn’t get there until 10.15 am!
Someone arrived just before me, so I was able to follow her to the correct part of the compound (phew – I didn’t get lost!)
I was pleasantly surprised as I turned the corner and saw the scene before me. There was quite a large playground with swings, slides and various climbing frames – and it was all in pretty good condition. The area in front of the playground was full of Little Tikes ride-ons. There was a large covered area where all the changing bags were left – with tables and chairs for the little ones as well as the adults.
As I walked through the gate, I noticed a couple of mums give me the ‘top to toe’ look and then carry on with their conversation. I wanted to turn and run, but somehow managed to keep walking!
I spotted the registration desk (I had to walk through the Little Tikes ride-on area, past the covered eating area with the tables *and* the playground to get there!). I handed over all the paperwork and paid my temporary membership fees (you can be only a temporary member for the first three months – until they’re sure you can meet all their attendance requirements, etc). The fees for the year was £24. Plus another £2 for each time we go (minimum of 6 times a month).
Right by the registration desk, there were two rooms – one was full of playmats, bouncers, ball pit, books, blocks, and other activity centre toys. The other had a couple of playhouses, a colouring table and other toys and activities for slightly older children.
All this time – Vinay was just looking around at everything with wide eyes. There were children running, crawling, screaming, crying and squealing in delight all around him – he didn’t know what to look at first!
We went into the first room – with the playmats and books, etc. We looked at a book and played with blocks. There were two other mums in there at the time – they didn’t stop their conversation to look at me or Vinay.
Then we went outside. And I saw someone I knew! And then I saw someone else I knew! Then I recognised two other people from my pilates class. And another lady whose son was in the other Year 2 class while I was teaching.
We had a snack, we played some more, we chatted. And at 11 am it was time for songs. Vinay was exhausted by this time since he’d missed his morning nap. We sang a few songs, including his new favourite – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – and then we came home.
It was actually not that bad at all. And Vinay was very happy to be there (sigh of relief).
But now I know…
Don’t wear any make-up (I only put on eyeliner today) – it’s too hot and sweaty.
Wear comfy clothes – there was a lot of bending and squatting.
Don’t wear low-rise pants (itchy c-section scar which couldn’t be scratched in front of other people!).
I’m quite looking forward to going back on Wednesday 🙂