The Nursery Drop Off – Getting them out the door

The nursery drop off used to be the bain of my life. Getting Little Man out of the door by 7:15am was hard enough but then leaving him due to my own anxieties or his was tough too. However, I am two years into it now. Little Man started nursery when he was 10 months (he goes for 2 and a half days a week) and at first all of the above was such hard work I felt I had done a day before I even got to work. Now though we are both seasoned pro’s!

I will be writing this post in 2 parts. The first part that I will talk about today will be about getting Little Man out of the door and then I will write another post about how to deal with any upset when you go to leave them.

I start work at 8am so I drop Little Man off at 7:30am in order for me to race down the M5 to get to work on time. This means we have to be out of the door by 7:15am at the latest. Unless I get up at stupid ‘o’ clock this also means that I have to run a tight ship in the mornings. Little Man can be such a slow coach when he wants to be; I think he senses when I am in a rush so after 2 years here are my top tips to get your toddler out of the door on time.

Organise, organise, organise – Organisation is the key. Even though I don’t feel like it I make myself pack both of our bags the night before, sort out outfits for Little Man & I for the next day and have everything on the kitchen table ready to just pick up in the morning. The only things I have to pack are Little Man’s water beaker and my lunch in the morning.


Distraction – If Little Man is in a mood where he doesn’t want to come out of the house I use any distraction I can think of. One that works really well for me is for him to come and out and see what the weather is doing. He has a strange obsession with the weather so this works like a dream for me.

Allow one toy – Little Man likes to leave the house with toys (cars, planes, etc) so when I tried to not allow this for nursery I created myself a big problem. I now let him take one toy out with him, usually a little plane and he puts it in his bag when he gets to nursery to keep it safe.


Routine – Little Man responds really well to routine so on nursery days I try and do the same every time. I try to get up and ready before he does so when I get him up I just have him to focus on. He brushes his teeth, gets dressed and we head downstairs. He watches a bit of Cbeebies while I get everything by the door, put his shoes on and we’re off. He has breakfast at nursery which helps me a lot.

Prepare – Because Little Man is only at nursery for half the week I try to tell him what is happening the night before. I’m not sure how much he remembers in the morning but I’ll try anything.


So there we go. I hope that helps any parents out there who are embarking on their nursery journey with their little one. Look out for my next post on this coming soon!

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  • Hayleigh aka budgetfoodmummy
    31/07/2015 at 21:53

    I will definitely be taking these tips on board! I struggle to get them fed and dressed before 8!! Xx

    • Mummy in Training
      01/08/2015 at 21:06

      Aw thanks! It’s so tough isn’t it?! xx

  • Louise
    31/07/2015 at 23:21

    Sounds perfect. I always promise myself to get more organised but it never happens! Battling 2 out of the door is just ridiculous, will have to get it sorted by Sep though, as apparently you are just not allowed to be late for school! #bestandworst

    • Mummy in Training
      01/08/2015 at 21:06

      Yeh I’m not sure how well I would do with two to be honest! xx

  • reimer and ruby
    01/08/2015 at 11:54

    I used to do this before with my little man when I returned work after maternity, it was stressful at times especially when he’s in a bad mood. Now they both got a childminder which is just my next door neighbor which I find very convenient. Great post!

    • Mummy in Training
      01/08/2015 at 21:05

      Oohh that is very convenient! Thank you xx

  • helen gandy
    01/08/2015 at 20:46

    This is so similar to our nursery days!! I like to have our own routine too and let Alfie take a little bag of shreddies with him which he likes. It can be quite a battle to get him out the door mind you! Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst hope you’ll pop along again! x
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    • Mummy in Training
      01/08/2015 at 21:04

      Oo that’s a good idea with the Shreddies! Thanks for hosting xx

  • Jennifer
    04/08/2015 at 19:59

    Sounds like you’ve got it all sorted! I hate the nursery/school run, I find it very stressful. Luckily my daughter starts school in September, we’ve had two years of ‘double drop offs’ (only two or three mornings a week fortunately) which I’ve hated. It’ll be much easier when they are both in the same place! I also run a tight ship and keep to a strict schedule almost down to the minute as to when we need to start/finish breakfast, go up to get dressed etc. Small children (and even bigger ones) just have no sense of urgency do they!
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    • Mummy in Training
      07/08/2015 at 19:04

      I dread when we decide to have number 2 and have double drop offs!! No, the more I tell him to rush the more he slows down! xx


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I’m Rachel, a 30 something Mum to 6 year old Little Man & 2 year old twin girls (one with us & one in the sky).

I’m an anxiety sufferer, list writer and secret chocolate eater.

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