On Tuesday my baby started Preschool which has been such a huge change for her but so far it seems to be going OK. There have been plenty of tears but she is enjoying it while she’s there and loves telling me all about it.
Until now I had only ever left Evie with my mum or sister so I wasn’t sure how she would take to being left with strangers. Up until a few months ago she was such a shy and clingy little girl, but she’s really come out of her shell recently and it’s so lovely to see. It definitely seemed like she was ready for Preschool.
The Preschool is the same one that Max went to and it is part of Max’s school, although in a different building it’s on the same grounds. She’s going to be doing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and then a full day on a Friday, which is 8:30am – 3:30pm.
On her first morning I stayed with her for a little while as I had some forms to fill in. She went straight over to play with the dolls, no surprise there then, the girl is so motherly! When I picked her up they said she had cried a few times but they’d been able to calm her down easily enough. She told me all about what she’d been doing and she said she’d had fun and wanted to go again the next day, so a fairly successful first day.
Wednesday and Thursday were tough as she was really upset when I left her, it’s so heartbreaking to see. But when I picked her up the staff assured me that she stopped crying as soon as I had gone and didn’t cry again after that. Again, Evie told me all about what she’d been doing and always says she wants to go again the next day.
It’s been a very different experience to with Max as I don’t remember him ever crying. He was SO ready for preschool and is/was a much more confident and less clingy child that Evie is.
I wasn’t sure if she’d be ready for a full day on her first week but apart from the tears when I leave her, she’d been doing really well all week so I decided to let her stay. Friday started similarly to Wednesday and Thursday, not quite so heartbroken this time though. She stayed all day, cried a bit towards the end as she was getting tired but apart from that she had a lovely day.
She’s now got three days before she’s back again so I’m expecting tears on Tuesday as she’ll have gotten out of the routine. It is a massive adjustment for her and it may take her a while to get used to it but I know she’ll get there, we’ve just got to stick with it. As heartbreaking as it is to leave her in tears, it’s reassuring to know that it doesn’t last long and that she enjoys her time there.
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