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halcyondays Fri 24-Jun-11 12:47:50

dd2 starts nursery in September. Her sister went last year and to help with settling in they used to start a group of 5 or 6 children every Monday, so by the first week of October they were all in for the full 2.5 hour session. IIRC dd1 went for an hour the first day, 1.5 hours the second day, then by her third day she stayed the full 2.5 hours. No problem for her, neither of my dd's are clingy and they have always gone to various creches and been quite happy. I realise some children may have more problems in settling in, but aibu to think the new settling in process is ridiculous? Dd2 is to start going for an hour every day in the last week of September. Then the next week they go for 1 hour 15 mins, the next week for 1.5 hours and it isn't until 7 November that she will stay for the full 2.5 hour session!

If anything, she will only get annoyed if she has to leave early and can see that other children are getting to stay until the end, so it will only confuse and unsettle her. Luckily I'm a sahm so it doesn't cause me problems as it might for working parents, as the starting time changes week by week during the settling in period, but I could really do without all this unnecessary faffing about. It takes me a good 15 minutes to walk to the nursery and the same to go back, so will have to hover at the nearby shopping centre for the first couple of weeks.

TheOriginalFAB Fri 24-Jun-11 12:49:50

You knew this was the case so YABU to moan about it now.

worraliberty Fri 24-Jun-11 12:53:30

Just trust the staff

They deal with this year in and year out...therefore they feel this is the best way.

If it puts the parents out, at least the kids are being considered first.

halcyondays Fri 24-Jun-11 12:55:39

No, I didn't know it was the case until we went for her induction day this morning. I assumed it would be the same settling process they have always had. They have only decided to change it from this Septmber when dd2 starts.

Cocoflower Fri 24-Jun-11 12:57:50

That is a ridiculously long setting in period- three months to settle for one extra hour!

Very pointless really, why not just one week of 1 hour and then just get on with it?

halcyondays Fri 24-Jun-11 12:58:30

I have no issue with there being a settling in process, but the old system seemed to work perfectly well and was not so long drawn out.

xstitch Fri 24-Jun-11 12:59:45

Seems very long. I agree with them being annoyed at leaving while others are still playing.

halcyondays Fri 24-Jun-11 13:01:29

Cocoflower, yes it's pointless. As you say, going for an hour every day for the first week would be enough to let them settle in.

Groovee Fri 24-Jun-11 13:02:40

Depends on what's been happening which has made them decide to change it. Maybe they've had too many clingy parents. It's hard as my ds's nursery wanted him collected at 2.40pm before I got dd because he was tired but personally as a Nursery Nurse he was missing song time which I felt was important.

OldBagWantsNewBag Fri 24-Jun-11 13:07:56

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