“My child is 18 months old, are they ready for nursery”? At nursery we get asked this question a lot and yet although the basic answer is the same the situation that the parent and child are in determines a different outcome.
Children are ready from birth to be amongst other children, adults and within a warm and loving environment. If the nursery you choose is a home away from home then the nurturing that children gain is equivalent to being with mummy. When you have nurseries that go the extra mile, offering breast feeding space as well as the provision of mummy’s milk for feeding you know that your child is truly at home.
A good age to start nursery, if you are not dictated by work, is 12 -14 months. At this time your child is beginning to waddle, although some are walking by this stage. The heightened level of attachment has not yet set in and settling into a new routine can be easier. If you are looking for some extra stimulation for your child then a 3 day week for mornings only is a fantastic place to start. At Little Pandas Early Learning Centre, we offer this session and many first timers who may have a stay at home parent benefit from the gentle introduction to nursery life.
At Little Pandas we work with rest and active times from home to ensure that your child can set their own pace and determine the direction that they want to take. As a setting that works to the Early Years Foundation Stage as a curriculum, for delivering learning and development of young children, you will find that your child will truly begin to learn many new things.
Children are born with an innate ability to learn. What they learn depends on what we as parents expose them to.