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
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.