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Nursery in the morning or afternoons?

(12 Posts)
justlookatthatbooty Tue 28-Jul-09 16:33:26

We have the choice of signing DS up at nursery for either 4 hours in the am (8.30 -12.30) or afternoons 2.30 to 5.30. Am 40+3 with his sister and am finding it hard to imagine what our new structure will be like in a few months time.

Any experiences to share?


EldonAve Tue 28-Jul-09 16:34:47

does he still sleep in the afternoon?
I found mornings better

whomovedmychocolate Tue 28-Jul-09 16:35:43

Get the mornings - you will need them to get your DD sorted and just have a chance to breathe!

Afternoons are crap - toddlers are tired and crabby and you still have to entertain them in the morning - if you send them for the morning, they come back knackered and just want to read books/do quiet things for the rest of the day - result!

muggglewump Tue 28-Jul-09 16:41:01

DD started Pre-School just before she turned 3 and it really tired her out, even though it was just 9-11.30. She could then nap in the afternoon.
Also, I could go out in the afternoon and didn't need to get back, whereas Pre-School in the afternoon would have meant we couldn't have gone far as we wouldn't have been back in time.

Catilla Tue 28-Jul-09 16:45:13

I was given afternoons, no choice. Wasn't very happy and did feel a bit restricted has had to get any activity done and lunch eaten and at nursery by 12.45!
HOWEVER, I would then come home, put my younger child to bed for 2 hour nap, and have a WHOLE TWO HOURS to myself - fantastic! Then still time to either relax together or do something fun together after nursery.

Having said that, I only did it 1-2 days per week as I work on the other days, so perhaps doing it every day would be a bit wearing as you can never go far either before or after nursery.

Good luck with the new one!

Dophus Tue 28-Jul-09 16:46:08

Go for the mornings - they are also tired in the afternoons.

Even if your DC doesn't get crotchedy - others will and this is mroe disruptive.

lynniep Tue 28-Jul-09 16:48:28

I' ve always put him in afternoons. He generally naps some time between 11 and 2 (he's 2.5 now) and has been going since he was around a year old. (1-5.45 - although we never get him there until about 2 because he's napping/I'm trying to get him to eat)

Its always been better for me that way around, because he's 'fresher' in the morning - he likes to play with his toys and I get a bit of naptime thrown in. I also feel like I get a bit of a breather in the afternoon - it breaks up the day quite well. I do actually work from home - but its still a break wink

He gets crabby on a Monday because he does a full day and never gets to nursery until gone 9 as he wants to play at home.

JJsandcat Tue 28-Jul-09 17:01:01

How old is your LO? I'm having the same conundrum and decided I go for afternoons because she sleeps in the morning but can go for 5h in the afternoon and I'm knackered singing 3 blind mice for the 15th time.

Mine is 10mths.

Lifeinagoldfishbowl Tue 28-Jul-09 17:02:04

Mornings for under 3's over 3.5 I'd say either.

justlookatthatbooty Thu 30-Jul-09 08:05:21

Just come back and seen all the helpful posts...thankyou. DS is 18 months almost and naps between 12 and 2 so I think mornings might be best as can prob stretch it to 1 - 3.

thanks for all the tips.

bigchris Thu 30-Jul-09 08:09:53

i did the mornings too, then if the nap wasnt happening in the afternoon they chilled in front of a dvd

BonsoirAnna Thu 30-Jul-09 08:15:39

Afternoons! You will be able to laze around in the morning and then take your new baby for a nice peaceful walk in the afternoon (she will sleep) or else have a nap yourself.

You will all three be totally frazzled by lunchtime if he does mornings.

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