There are a number of nursery options here, and anyone you speak to has an opinion on one or more of them. Some of them accept children at 18 months, some at 20 months and one or two at 24 months.
A few months ago, mums with children the same age as V started asking if I’d been to see any nurseries. One or two of them had been to see several and I started feeling the pressure! Some of them are in quite high-demand and waiting lists are long…
I went to visit one. And I loved it. And decided that V was going to go there. Why bother looking at the others when this one is so close to home? I won’t have to sit in traffic crossing the bridge twice a day!
Hub went to visit it, got a tour and he really liked it too. We registered with them and decided that V would start in April when he’s 19 months old. He would be dropped off at 8.30 every morning and picked up at 12.30 every afternoon. No problem.
But recently, over the last month or so, I’ve started questioning whether this is the right thing to do for him. Nursery is the right thing (although I’m aware many would disagree). But I’m wondering about whether he might be too young still…
He can’t talk yet – how would he make his needs known?
He’s still a little insecure – would he stay for four hours without me or another adult he’s happy with?
And… I don’t think he’s ready. Although a lot could change in the next couple of months.
I told Hub I think it would be better for him to go to playgroup for a year. I’d be with him, but can keep my distance and he would slowly become more confident. And he could start nursery in September when he’s nearly two.
Hub thinks I’m being too anxious.
Eighteen months is *very* young. Isn’t it?
Would love any advice you have…