Starting Reception and not liking full days.

(10 Posts)
Mollmoo Sun 11-Sep-16 19:33:09

DD started reception last week. She was attending half days last year in nursery. She is really enjoying school and comes out happy and smiling but everyday says it's too long and she wants to go back to nursery and just do short days. Any tips or advice for what I can say to her when she says this?

Mybeardeddragonjustdied2016 Sun 11-Sep-16 19:37:49

Too bad??? My ds was 4 in the August and went full time in Sept. He was always asleep when I went to collect him at 3!! Its harsh when they are so small.

babbafishbabe Sun 11-Sep-16 19:54:19

This is why kids did half days from 2.5 and full days from 3. They need to keep up the pace . No naps aged 3!

Lilaclily Sun 11-Sep-16 19:58:23

Aw bless her

Just keep reassuring her she'll get used to it

FourLittleSpeckledFrogs Sun 11-Sep-16 20:13:14

This is why kids did half days from 2.5 and full days from 3. They need to keep up the pace. No naps aged 3!.

Bloody hell.

This is also why most children around the world go to school later, or go to school for half days.

Unfortunately OP can't do much to change it.

I'd encourage her to eat and drink as much as possible (sometimes the little ones can be afraid of the loo, so don't eat/drink and then get more tired), keep extra-curriculars to a minimum and if you think she is far too tired, take a duvet day. I would be very positive and upbeat in front of her.

prh47bridge Sun 11-Sep-16 20:14:58

She will get used to it. However, you also have the option of sending her part time. That is your choice, NOT the school's. She does not have to attend full time until the term following her fifth birthday.

JinkxMonsoon Sun 11-Sep-16 20:20:01

My DD is going to be like this. She has one more week of just mornings, and then it will be full days. I tried sending her for full days at preschool after Easter and it backfired massively. She cried so much they suggesting dropping back to half days.

I'm just steeling myself to toughen up a bit and send her despite the crying and pleading. She will get used to it and she has to go to school. She'll be compulsory school age after Christmas anyway, so sending part time not an option - and I'm not sure it would be a good move even if she wasn't. I'd worry that she would miss out on forming friendships if she only attended part time.

So, I sympathise but it's early days. Just try riding it out a bit longer?

Mollmoo Sun 11-Sep-16 21:24:43

Thanks all smile Another few weeks and I'm sure she'll be fine. She does love it, it's just the "not again"s and "all day?!?!!"s that we get. It's such a big transition, especially after 6 weeks off that she's exhausted. Her face Tuesday when I said we were going again was absolutely comical. grin
Friday we had Haribo in the car. Thursday I went for the "if you don't go mummy will get into trouble with the policeman... " confused it worked, but I'm not too sure how sensible it was!?!? blush Tomorrow I'm going to opt for "But don't you want to see your friends and tell them about your exciting weekend and find out about theirs?" And Tuesday is PE so I'm hoping that will entice her.
Thanks Frogs. It's a 10minute drive so could definitely try to get a banana or granola bar or something extra in her then too.

mishmash1979 Sun 11-Sep-16 21:29:22

My son did mornings only for the whole of reception. It's your right to send your child part time till they are Complusory school age (term after they r 5).

catkind Sun 11-Sep-16 21:36:54

Mine was full days at preschool and is only mornings at school till next week, and was still exhausted on Friday. I think getting to know new people and new rules is all very tiring. Hopefully they'll get in the swing of it soon!

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