HELP ME DECIDE!

(5 Posts)
offmystomachstillis Sat 23-Mar-13 22:22:12

I don't often post as I'm a shy f***ker too scared!
dd turns 3 in june, so we have been looking into pre schiool/nursery places for sept term for the 15 hrs funding. Theres 2 that we me are choosing between (the 3rd is very popular, have name down, but don' think well get a place as only moved here xmas).

The first is literally across the road, bigger, more outside space, running since sixties (obv under different managers).

The second is further away (about 15/20 min walk away), smaller, less outdoor space, kids have to walk through a very cramped kitchen space to get outside.

BUT... I'm we am dithering because the one thats closer seemed more clinical, I felt like I was intruding, the staff werent as approachable.

The second, the staff were alot more open and friendly, let her join in with snack time and alot more 'cuddlier'with the children.

My daughter had a massive tantrum at each one on leaving, and there were differences in the way staff reacted.

First, no interaction, although I understand that they have kids in their care to deal with (but tbh, it didnt seem they were doing much with them other than ttelling them to tidy up)

Second, were fab and really helped me to calm her down and get her out the building.

I think I've already decided, its just that after a day of snowing heavily today, and that from posts on here saying kids should be out a pushchair by 3, makes me query them (and the difference in space outdoors) my daughter is not the most fabulous at walking somewhere, and we have to climb stairs to get to our flat.

what d'ya reckon

PoppyWearer Sat 23-Mar-13 22:25:06

I chose a further-away nursery/pre-school because I preferred it to the one that is around the corner. Actually, we moved house, so I have now done this twice.

That said, there is a lot to be said for proximity...

The out-of-a-buggy-by-3 thing is nonsense. Go with your gut.

YellowandGreenandRedandBlue Sat 23-Mar-13 22:32:18

Choose the nicer one and don't listen to any buggy rubbish! Clinical is not a good vibe for a place caring for small children IMO.

Startail Sat 23-Mar-13 22:55:41

I'd generally say the nearer on for schools, but not in this case.

DD2 (12) still fondly remembers one of her nurseries, she always calls it by the name of her favourite key worker.

She went to preschool 3 1/2 days and the private one one whole day, but it's that one with their young bubbly enthusiastic staff she remembers.

I'd ask on pushchairs, what's a cheap 3+ buggy

offmystomachstillis Sat 23-Mar-13 23:04:21

cheers! I am more drawn to the second, seemed more suited to her temperament/personality.

I've got no probs with walking (love being active, unfortunately, think dd taking after daddy re exercise hmm
I'm scaring myself I suppose over the early morning rush!

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