Day 1 of preschool

Relaxing after preschool

Chillin' after preschool

Another broken night as Alice called out for me from her bad dreams and eventually needed her bed and pyjamas changing and a regular morning; having breakfast as daddy left for work, watching some cartoons whilst I showered and dressed and as the theme tune signalled the end of Peppa Pig, I took them upstairs to do teeth, faces, dress and hair.

At 8.45am rucksacks on backs with a change of clothes and tissues in case of tears or runny noses we left home for the short walk up the road to preschool. I wanted to take a photo of them walking ahead for you but they wouldn’t let my hands go :) Outside the preschool doors some children who had obviously been there last term waited in a queue jumping excitedly about. One little one bossing everyone into a line as her mum watched on with a sheepish grin raising her eyes to the sky but all the parents enjoyed watching this happy scene and smiled at the little ones’ initiative for an orderly queue. Even Bessie was enthralled by it and quickly dropped my hand asking to go over and join in but Alice stuck close like a little limpet not letting me go until the very end when she finally plucked up the courage to join in.

Doors open we found our pegs, Alice has a ladybird, Bessie a guinea pig (Tommy was a dog and Megan an umbrella, funny how I remember after all this time) and we moved around the large open hall finding tables laid out ready for play. Cutting, sticking, Lego, bricks, drawing, dressing up clothes and the garden doors open as it was sunny. Gayle introduced herself as Bessie’s keyworker and stuck a name sticker on Bessie’s t-shirt, she told me I was welcome to stay as long as I wished which was very comforting as I didn’t want to make a nuisance of myself but didn’t want to leave them if they were in tears. In the garden we met Anita, Alice’s keyworker who also did the sticker trick, the girls jumped into little cars and off they went. I chatted with the ladies as I watched and noticed a couple of little boys have breakdowns bless them. It was wonderful to see the various keyworkers take their hands and comfort them, I overheard one tell a little lad in tears, ‘Come on, let’s find you a friend.’ which cheered him up immediately.

After half an hour, I could see it was safe to leave so after consulting Anita she told me to go over and tell them I was leaving in five minutes to go and buy a newspaper and remind them I would be back for them. I walked over dreading it imagining an immediate protest but blow me Bessie looked me straight in the eye smiled and said

‘Bye!’

Alice copied her; I’m not too convinced she felt as at ease as her sister but with that positive reaction I went back to Anita explained and asked her to call me if I was needed.

I left, I walked around the long way so they wouldn’t see me and came home with my newspaper.

On collection at 12am I was told Alice had had a little breakdown and refused to have any juice today but had gone to the toilet on her own whereas Bessie had left it right to the last minute to have a wee and had missed the loo as a result!

Alice’s first question to me was ‘Where’s the newspaper mummy?’ which I quickly responded was on the table at home and I showed her as we walked through the door just so she knows she can trust my word.

As we left preschool this morning, one teacher looked at me and said ‘You HAVE got a bundle of fun there, haven’t you?’ …I think our Bess has already made herself known to everyone there!

Day 1 therefore a success, thank you to all the lovely ladies on Twitter and Facebook this morning for your support and here are a couple of excellent tips

  • Tuck a ‘kiss’ into the child’s pocket so if they feel blue whilst you’re not there they can reach in and get your kiss. (Beautiful, thanks Glenda)
  • Don’t fire too many questions when you pick them up, let them tell you in their own time (Thanks Jules – t’was difficult though!)
  • Never leave without telling them and reassuring them you’ll be back for them.

13 Comments

  1. amy wilders
    September 5, 2011 / 4:00 PM

    Well done girls on your first day. You must be very proud of them Marianne. I wonder how they’ll be tomorrow?? I know my 2 were worse on the 2nd day as they knew I was leaving them!! Good luck and i’ll hopefully see you Thursday morning x

    • Mari
      Author
      September 6, 2011 / 10:35 AM

      They ran in this morning! I know we will hit a wall at some point but I imagined it so much sooner, Thurs still on hold for the mo x

  2. PhotoPuddle
    September 5, 2011 / 7:47 PM

    Glad their first day went well and what lovely tips. I really love the one about the kiss in the pocket. Good luck for day two!

  3. September 5, 2011 / 10:17 PM

    Thank you Mari for sharing this wonderful adventure. I am ashamed to say that I can’t remember DS first day so it is wonderful to share the girls’!

  4. September 6, 2011 / 10:15 AM

    I love the idea about the kiss in the pocket! I’m sure it will make me feel better than him though! Mine started school today – waiting for the results now – only 41 minutes to go!

    • Mari
      Author
      September 6, 2011 / 10:36 AM

      Oh how nerve wracking and exciting it must be for you, I hope it was a success and yes that kiss tip is utter genius @PGUK ‘our’ Glenda

  5. Frankie Parker
    September 6, 2011 / 11:16 AM

    Sounds like a perfect first time drop off for you, neither of mine were that good… Love the “kiss in a pocket” idea…

  6. September 11, 2011 / 3:58 PM

    Glad their first day went so well. I had real struggles with preschool for my son, but starting school was a breeze.

  7. September 11, 2011 / 7:39 PM

    Aww well done on their first stay. So glad it went well x

  8. September 14, 2011 / 5:37 AM

    Well done you! We’re just going through this too – albeit only for a couple of hours twice a week but it’s still as traumatic for me! Great advice too – LOVE the kiss in the pocket! ‘fraid I’m guilty of firing questions too… :D (Visiting you from Erica’s hop by the way *waves*)

  9. September 23, 2011 / 8:20 PM

    Ahh so glad itall went well, come on and tell us how it is going now then?

    Mich x

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