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Do I send DD to nursery with few girls but excellent rep or lots of girls with ok rep?

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Waiting2Exhale Sun 29-May-11 22:48:02

Current debating this at the mo and would really appreciate your imput.

I am faced with the option of sending dd to a nursery that has an excellent rep but for some reason the class that she would be entering only has a hand full of girls. Alternatively, I have visited other settings and found two others that I think are ok with a large number of girls for her to befriend, but in no way matches the rep of my preferred choice.

I suppose the question is how important are same sex friendships at the age of 3?

Is preparing your child for reception learning more important than friendships at this age? (note: my preferred setting which has a heavy boy ratio, ensure all children learn all their phonics, numbers, etc and proactively encourage early reading).

Which would you choose and why?

MerylStrop Sun 29-May-11 22:49:53

For my DD I would choose the girly one
Because she infinitely prefers to play with girls
And because learning phonics etc and early reading are to be avoided IMO.

jade80 Sun 29-May-11 22:51:17

I'd choose the one with a good reputation. A handful of girls at 3, I don't see as a problem. May even help avoid the all pervasive pink and glittery crap girls this age start being indoctrinated by.

iskra Mon 30-May-11 15:55:05

I would chose the one you think is better. But my response is skewed, I suppose, because my DD is also 3 (& also starting nursery in Sept) & I don't see a need in her to have female friends at this age.

coccyx Mon 30-May-11 15:58:42

you are over thinking it. I would go with one i preferred.
Boys easier to be friends with.

EdithWeston Mon 30-May-11 15:59:49

I think it is unduly limiting to your child to have choice of nursery made by sex of others enrolled there at any one particular time.

SardineQueen Mon 30-May-11 16:02:30

I'm not even sure what the boy/girl ratio is at DDs nursery. She has good friends there who are boys and has made friends with some girls as well.

I don't think it matters at 3 TBH.

Go with the one you prefer.

Waiting2Exhale Mon 30-May-11 22:32:49

Thanks for all the great responses! The majority of you all kinda reinforced what I already thought. Am sure she will do well no matter what, but a least now I will know that I have placed her in the right setting to kick start her learning in a years time.

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