28 sleeps to preschool

Having been made redundant in the first trimester of my pregnancy I had no job to return to once my maternity leave was up. Having twins made looking for a new job impossible so the decision was made for me to stay home with the girls and enjoy their growing years being on hand all the time for them. I have loved this opportunity although I am looking forward to a bit of me time after such a long stint as a SAHM.

After our initial form-filling appointment at preschool in July we have been left to our own devices to get ready for the Big Day, so on a sunny walk to the shops I heard the children playing in the preschool gardens and asked the girls

‘Shall we go and see the children playing at preschool?’

They walked with me to the fence along the gardens and instead of running to the fence to see what games could be played they both hid behind my skirts and cried! Help! I have an SOS on my hands here, a complete refusal for anything that is connected to the word pre-school. Not only that I only have 28 sleeps until our big day arrives!

My first reaction (apart from the horror of two clingy whiney girls) was to buy some ‘I love preschool’ books to read and a quick search brought up the following three that I thought would be good


spot goes to schoolMaisy goes to preschoolowl at school

We are now waiting for these to arrive and hopefully my little ladies will be more suitably proposed to the idea when the time comes after seeing some of their favourite characters going to school and having so much fun!

We have bought the Peppa Pig school with Miss Gazelle and all I can do now is hope that ore the next month they get more used to the idea of doing something different than usual.

I am 100% positive that both of them, once over the initial shock will love preschool. Once they settle they are friendly and lively and mix easily, they love to play and they love singing, listening to stories and playing in the garden so all of these activiites rolled into one should make a great time for them I’m also really pleased that each child will whilst at the school will have their time recorded in a My Unique Story book where parents and family members are actively encouraged to join in and write in the same book, special memories and moments along their school journey.

I for one can’t wait for the ‘Works of Art’ to come home and be proudly pinned up on the wall. One of my favourite preschool presents from Thomas and Megan in their day were two beautifully painted terracotta flower pots ready for use on the patio, Megan’s an array of brightly coloured flowers and Thomas’s a picture of Batman (hero at the time) flying through the sky and saving the world from destruction, perfect for my herb garden!

Hand made Christmas cards cannot be beaten no matter how much money is spent, Easter chicks, Mother’s Day keepsakes and end of year concerts, I am ready for the  lot so just got to make sure my treasures want to go too.

How are you preparing your children for this big step in their lives?


  1. August 9, 2011 / 7:59 PM

    I am so excited! Can’t wait to hear all their adventures. Here to help if you need it (which you won’t!)

  2. August 11, 2011 / 7:13 PM

    I hope the girls settle in quickly. It will be a big change for all of you, but I predict you’ll find it tougher than they will.

    Practice gritting your teeth and walking away from them whilst they’re crying. As your sister-in-law says, they will stop before you’ve got to the car. It’s damned hard though.

    I have been known to call our nursery up an hour or so after a particularly traumatic drop-off just to make sure all is OK. It always has been.

  3. Clair
    August 23, 2011 / 1:22 PM

    I’m sure they will do just fine, and lets face it any tantrums of crying is nothing they won’t have seen before. GoodLuck.

    • Mari
      August 23, 2011 / 2:11 PM

      Thank you, we have another ten days to go and time to prepare yet, Books seem to be good, they like reading about Spot going to school

  4. September 23, 2011 / 8:10 PM

    A fabulous post for anyone who has youngsters heading off to pre-school.

    Looing forward to reading the next post to see how their first day went!

    Mich x

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