Starting Playgroup – A new adventure for Chloe!

All ready for her first day at playgroup
Last Tuesday Chloe had her very first day at playgroup. I was excited for her. I was excited for me.  I had been desperately hoping we’d get her started and settled before Beak arrived so that she didn’t feel she had been “pushed out” by the new baby so when we got the letter to say she had a place I could have cried.
We did her ‘visit’ in the week before – I sat and filled in some forms and she just took herself off to play. I was confident that she was going to be fine and would really enjoy herself.  In the night before she started we talked about Chloe going to “her school” and she seemed excited.  She was very cute telling Ange in the morning that she was going to her school and walked happily along with me chatting about how I was going to go home and do my jobs but would be back to pick her up at lunch time.
We hung her coat up on her peg and walked her through into the lounge area where she walked in confidently without so much as a backward glance – I had to actually call her back for a kiss and to say goodbye!  When I went to collect her at lunch time she was sat beautifully on the carpet waiting with all the other children – not sat on anyone’s knee needing cuddles or anything.  I was super proud and nearly cried at her little beaming face when she saw me and told me “Missed you all day Mummy”.  Her key worker explained there had been a few tears but she was mostly fine.
Thursday and Friday she went in fine with no tears all morning – could it be this easy?
This morning was a slightly different matter – she was tired and a bit grumpy.  I set her off on the wrong foot by putting her in the wrong car seat! How could I?! As I was telling her we were going to her school she kept saying “No thank you Mummy! My house, see my house” – no matter how beautiful the manners or how cute she was she was going to playgroup! (Besides Mummy had a child free date with a hot chocolate at Housing Units!)  She was crying a bit as we went in but I managed to distract her out of it and allowed her to take “My Mouse” with her – not a habit I want to get in to. She wasn’t impressed when I left her but another Mummy came out after me and said she was ok.  At home time her key worker said she had been absolutely fine and she was all smiles again – much relief.
When Ben started playgroup at the same age he was used to being in full time Nursery while I had been at work – Chloe hasn’t had Nursery care since I finished working full time around about her first birthday so I always expected she might find it a little harder to adjust.  Hopefully she will continue to settle as she gets used to her new environment and we’ll have her sorted before Beak arrives next month!

19 Comments

  1. October 16, 2013 / 1:15 am

    I remember when I started playgroup, it was pretty scary at first, but I soon settled in.

  2. October 16, 2013 / 8:40 am

    aww lovely post, sounds like she is doing great already! x

  3. October 16, 2013 / 9:03 am

    I think it's often the way that a week or two in things get worse. They start to realise that it's not just something to do a few times, but something that is going to happen regularly.

    • October 16, 2013 / 9:20 am

      Yes you're absolutely right – I've experienced it so many times from the other side of the fence myself 🙂
      I'm glad we've got a few weeks to get her properly sorted before Beak comes!
      Thanks for stopping by x

  4. October 16, 2013 / 9:26 am

    How exciting! At school in Reception we also found that the second week was always harder as the reality sunk in that they would be going regularly. Hope she continues doing so well settling.

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  5. there and back again
    October 16, 2013 / 10:31 am

    Didn't she do well!

  6. October 16, 2013 / 9:34 am

    Such a big step for them but they soon settle! So pleased she is doing well Colette. #SSAmazingAchievements

  7. October 16, 2013 / 10:17 am

    The first few weeks are hard but I found once I got used to the freedom and knowing he was having a good time – there was no going back!

  8. October 16, 2013 / 10:34 am

    That's a huge milestone and very special time for her, and you! Pleased it's going well 🙂

  9. October 16, 2013 / 10:42 am

    It is difficult and I'm sure you will have more bad days! Just remember that they are fine once they get in there an start playing, I'm sure they just do it to make us feel guilty sometimes!

  10. katefever
    October 16, 2013 / 12:27 pm

    It's a really difficult time, but sounds like Chloe has settled in well 🙂

  11. Deborah Patrick
    October 16, 2013 / 2:45 pm

    Such a tough milestone I think, so emotional for both of you! But so pleased Chloe settled in grand and seems to enjoy it! xx

  12. October 16, 2013 / 3:45 pm

    I think that the little ones manage better than the parents in these situations, well done Chloe for settling in well x

  13. October 16, 2013 / 8:29 pm

    Sounds like she is settling well. My first time on a blog hop #MMWBH

    • October 16, 2013 / 9:31 pm

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  14. October 16, 2013 / 9:36 pm

    Great it is off to a smooth start and I hope it continues. I am sure there will be ups and downs as they always are but sounds like she is enjoying it so there will probably be lots more ups!

  15. October 17, 2013 / 2:00 am

    So great that she has settled in so quickly, there's always the odd day, but it sounds like she's made a really good start 🙂

  16. October 17, 2013 / 9:06 am

    I think they get through the first few days and then realise they have to go every day and then it becomes more of a struggle especially as they get tired.

  17. Jane Roberts
    October 19, 2013 / 7:05 am

    Starting nursery is such a big step for everyone. I'm so glad that the first few days went smoothly, even if there was a few tears. I'm sure she will love it.

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)
    x

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