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OK to stay at nursery til 4.5 instead of school?

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cockles Mon 14-Jul-08 16:19:27

My child is at a nursery for two fulldays a week which suits me perfectly now, and in terms of childcare would be ideal until he starts school, maybe with one more day, so 3 fulldays there and two with me at home. I don't want to have him doing half-days all week - it would make our work lives really difficult. I'm happy with what the 4 year olds look to be doing at nursery. But should he be starting sessions at a school-attached nursery before he goes to school? will he need that to help settle in? Please tell me your experiences/opinions; thanks.

seeker Mon 14-Jul-08 16:21:17

In my opinion, Reception is where they learn to settle in to school - that's what it's for! I would go for whatever makes life easiest.

TequilaMockinBird Mon 14-Jul-08 16:26:35

My dd stayed at nursery and then went straight into reception (missed out school-attached nursery)

This was mainly because, as you say, its difficult when you work full time and the school-attached nursery sessions are only half days.

Quite a few of the children that dd was at nursery with went straight into reception at the same school so it actually worked out ok in that sense.

Shoegazer Thu 17-Jul-08 11:41:20

I'm planning to do this because the primary school I would like to send DD to doesn't have an attached nursery anyway.

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