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Alicetherabbit Mon 02-Oct-17 09:53:48

My dd has just turned 2 and moved to 2-3 year room last week, she's been coming home dehydrated, so I raised it today (amongst other issues) and was told that the children in that room get their own drinks.
Am I being unreasonable to think ajust turned two year old is too young to remember to drink water?
Also shouldn't I have been told this so I can help with transition at home?

Ttbb Mon 02-Oct-17 09:56:24

YANBU. Many children at two just aren't aware of it.

MrsOverTheRoad Mon 02-Oct-17 10:43:48 does she get a drink at home? I must say, I never had to tell mine to drink. I just made sure they had drinks available and they helped themselves.

Do you show her her cup at home and leave it on the table or somewhere she can reach it?

BumWad Mon 02-Oct-17 10:46:17

YANBU too young, too busy playing as if they’ll remember to go and get themselves a drink confused

Wolfiefan Mon 02-Oct-17 10:47:19

Dehydrated in what way? Is it very hot where you are? Don't they get drinks with meals? Isn't that enough?

JonSnowsWife Mon 02-Oct-17 10:47:26

YNBU. Too young to remember to get their own drinks.

backOffSunshine Mon 02-Oct-17 10:48:25

At my school, children are reminded to get a drink when they rest, as well as with meals. There are accessible water coolers all around.

They're fine.

MaverickSnoopy Mon 02-Oct-17 10:50:21

What's the system of getting their own drinks? If it requires asking or locating their individual drink I think it's too much.

At home I always leave a beaker of water around and both dcs have always just helped themselves but this isn't possible at nursery as they'd be sharing with others.

PinkHeart5913 Mon 02-Oct-17 10:51:06


Who expects a 2 year old to remember to drink when having fun and get he drinks themselves?

MrsOverTheRoad Mon 02-Oct-17 10:58:11

Well I expected mine to when they were 2 PinkHeart! And they did!

Some might not DD's reception class there were some parents who complained about this and the teacher instigated a system where the children all kept their water bottles on the table near the teacher and when they had a drink, they got a water drop sticker to put on the bottle.

That way their parents could see they'd been drinking. Seemed a bit much to me!

kaytee87 Mon 02-Oct-17 11:25:26

It depends what you mean by getting it themselves?
I leave my 14mo ds cup with fresh water within his reach and he gets it himself when thirsty.
If they're expected to go and find their cups etc then that's too much.
Do they offer water with meals and snacks e.g. Every couple of hours, because that should be enough really.
How do you know she's dehydrated? Do you just mean thirsty?

Alicetherabbit Mon 02-Oct-17 11:40:51

At home I ensure her water bottle is filled and near her when playing
She is dehydrated in that when I pick her up and put her in the car she's says drink, she drank about 200ml within a few minutes the other night, no it's not hot here I'm in UK.

Welshrainbow Mon 02-Oct-17 11:41:32

Do you mean she has to get a cup, take it and fill it up? Or just that water is available on the side in water bottles and they help themselves when needed? The first one my DS probably wouldn't drink anything the second is what happens in his nursery. When he first moved into the room it took a few weeks getting used to it but now it's fine. Water was also on the table for them at meal and snack times.

Sirzy Mon 02-Oct-17 11:43:27

That sounds like thirsty not dehydrated then!

Where are the drinks? Are they bottles they can easily access? Are they not given a drink with meals?

Alicetherabbit Mon 02-Oct-17 11:43:55

I'm no sure exactly on the set up, I said she was dehydrated/thirsty every evening and they said they get their own drinks. She's only been in the room a week and I think they should remind her. She can't physically get own drink at home as there is a safety gate and she can't reach the tap, so isn't used to do so.

Looneytune253 Mon 02-Oct-17 11:48:11

How on earth does a child get dehydrated in one day???? Do they not have a drink with their lunch? Even if they didn’t it would be bloody hard to dehydrate in just a few hours?? Seriously! I am a childminder and the children all have their own sippy cups and they take a drink when they want one. They’re all kept on the table so yes I think a 2 year old is more than capable of getting a drink.
When we were kids we just drank with meals, didn’t take our own into school and the teacher didn’t provide any. We were fine, it’s a relatively new trend that we have to drink every 30 seconds.

kaytee87 Mon 02-Oct-17 11:49:11

Ask them to ensure she's offered water with every meal and snack.

kaytee87 Mon 02-Oct-17 11:50:13

Are you sending her in with her own cup/bottle? That might encourage her to drink more as she will know it's hers

coddiwomple Mon 02-Oct-17 11:53:13


far too young not to be reminded to drink regularly during the day.
Even in Reception the teachers still remind the children, less often but they still do.

If she doesn't drink enough during the day, she is likely to catch up in the evening, but then it's harder to stay dry at night for them!

Rocketbuddies Mon 02-Oct-17 11:57:32

YANBU, even in reception my DS was encouraged to have a drink. They took their own water bottles in and knew where to get them but at several times in the day they would tell the children to have a drink, at 2 he wouldn't unless I gave it to him.

Alicetherabbit Mon 02-Oct-17 11:57:37

I've sent her in with a water bottle today.
Sorry to other poster for using word dehydrated I used it to describe when I haven't drank enough water. Please read as extremely thirsty instead.

AnnieAnoniMouse Mon 02-Oct-17 12:01:16

Why didn't you ask what the system was when they said they get their own? It's a nursery, if you want 1:1 care you need to pay nanny rates, not nursery rates. You need to fit in with them, not the other way around.

Thirsty is not the same as dehydrated.

AnnieAnoniMouse Mon 02-Oct-17 12:03:27

Cross posted with you.

Did you put a big, clear, name on her drink bottle?

If she can say 'drink' to you, she can say it to the nursery staff. She'll be fine.

ArcheryAnnie Mon 02-Oct-17 12:07:40

If she asked an adult for a drink, presumably they would get one for her, or show her how to get one for herself?

coddiwomple Mon 02-Oct-17 12:10:19

It's a nursery, if you want 1:1 care you need to pay nanny rates, not nursery rates. You need to fit in with them, not the other way around.

What do you think a nursery is? confused
Even in Reception where there is 1 teacher (and sometimes a TA) for 30 pupils, the children get reminded to have a drink and go to the loos.

Nurseries are supposed to look after your child, so giving them food and drink, changing nappies or encouraging them to go to the loos every hour so is pretty basic.

Even if they have their own bottle, they still need to be reminded. There's always water available in my home, and I still remind my children! If nothing else, I don't want them to discover they are thirsty late in the day and then be up all night.

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