When Mia was 5 months old I got a job in a Nursery and I was lucky enough to have Mia come with me. As the 2 years went by and watching Mia grow and make friends within the nursery it got me thinking. I had to quit my job when I had Elliw because I moved and couldn't afford the childcare and bus fares. As I was on maternity and still wanted Mia to play with other children, I decided to put her into the local (and only) nursery in the village I moved to and where I live now. She loved it but she was only there for a little while.
A few weeks after Elliw was born Mia had a place in playschool at 2 and a half years old. She went Monday - Friday for 2 hours in the morning. I was nervous. I was thinking 'should i?' and 'is she too young?' but I am so glad I stuck to her going each morning. She started joining the dinner club 2 - 3 times a week as the months went on. I saw many changes in Mia and she made a friend, a friend she is still friends with now. In fact they are best friends and do everything together in school.
Watching Mia grow and develop so much in so little time, I decided that I wanted Elliw to join at the same age. As the playschool was getting a lot more kids around Elliw's age, she was only given 2 days a week which was fine by me. Once she turned 3 years old she also went 5 mornings a week. Elliw has always been behind in her development, especially her speech and it has helped her. It's grown her confidence a lot more.
I never had any confidence when i was younger and I don't want my girls being like how I was. I want them to be able to stand up for themselves, be able to stand up in front of the class and not get too shy and be confident in themselves. Interacting with other children can bring up a child's confidence a lot.
Many people think that playschool is just for their children to play toys and have fun but they also learn your child many things. Most of the toys and activities they do in playschools are there for a reason, to help your child's development. Within just a few weeks you should notice the difference in your child's development.
3. Making Friends
This may not be a big thing to some people and it never came to my head as a reason to wanting to start my child in school/playschool so young but Mia has made a very good friend. A friend she can be confident with and a friend she adores. It's always nice too see that your children have made friends.
What age did you start your child in playschool/school?