Thanks this makes my dilemma about whether to send her at all clearer. I was considering keeping her in the more informal and flexible preschool (they allow partial week) but didn't want her to feel she was being kept behind.
I was only thinking perhaps 2-3 times total for the term she's there. I also have a younger daughter and don't want our only time to be when it's busy with older children.
We've had a wagger day today! I figure this time next year DD is going to be in full time school which she can't miss so the odd day here and there to do something nice together is not the end of the world. We only live once!
I work in one of these nurseries. The year before official reception. (Could even be the one you're thinking of attending) a lot of children don't get places so I think you'd be unreasonable taking all those hours you'd miss away from another child/parent. Also if you have a place and miss days often intentionally it could affect getting to the actual school.
Just send her to a preschool where you can actually dictate her hours.
Sunnydaysrock Danny Baker did this. It was a lovely day and he felt like a trip to the seaside. He turned up at his son's secondary school with a serious expression on his face and said he needed to take his son home immediately. 'Family emergency'. Funnily enough, given your username, his son's name is 'Sonny'.
it's only the term before she starts school not a full year. Weighing the pros and cons is still on my mind.
It would be great for her to get a head start getting used to the school routine, making friends with children she'll be at school with, and I do think she'd enjoy it whilst being more challenged than preschool with younger children (she's really interested in numbers and letters at the moment. And I don't want her to feel she's been kept back when she sees her peers start nursery without her.
On the other hand, it's less flexible and reasonably inconvenient to accommodate 12-3 sessions every day with a younger DD's routine and activities affected, it's more formal when not needed (but beneficial??), she might not like it.