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!