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Should I bother sending son back to nursery until summer break in 4 weeks?

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Flyingtree Thu 27-Jun-13 10:45:46

There's only 4 weeks left until nursery closes for the summer, so that's 12 three hour sessions for my son.

He's been at nursery since he was 2.5, initially for 5 afternoons a week and in the last 6 months, it's been slowly dwindling down to nothing as we moved house, changed nurseries, illness, school transport problems with his sibling, etc etc.

He hasn't been for 3 months now.

He had his Reception induction last week and was very clingy and shy. He's a typical Mummy's Boy.
But he socialises well with children of all ages really, his sister is two years older and although he feels confident in her wake (he doesn't leave her side at playbarn, park, etc) he will play with other children, although at 4 kids are still in a world of their own a bit really.

I am a SAHM so we do go out everyday swimming, park, into town, museum, etc so he does spend time around children. We've never done the mum and tots playgroup thing.

Now considering there's 9 weeks of no nursery anyway in the summer then straight to Reception, and the fact he's been at nursery since 2.5, amd that there's several induction and 'stay alone' sessions in school as part of his Reception induction next month, and his new school is tiny only 2 Reception classes, 2 Year 1 classes, do you think I should bother sending him back to nursery now?

It's just that everyone I know thinks it's odd I'm not sending him back. We are really enjoying eachother's company and it's stimulating company too. Plus it's my last summer of freedom with the children as I'll be going back to work once he's settled into Reception. It's just such a long stretch over summer anyway with no nursery that either way starting school is going to be a shock to his system.

My daughter was at nursery until summer break, but she's trillion-independant so I never had this issue with her.

To summarise, should I bother sending him back to nursery just for 4 weeks, as everyone I know thinks it's odd I don't, so the majority must have a point.

It's optional, if you don't want to send him then don't.

But let them know, someone else may need to use the place and their funding may be affected if he isn't attending.

BunnyLebowski Thu 27-Jun-13 10:48:22

I'd keep him at home.

In fact, I've been trying to convince DP that that's what we should do with DD! I want as much time with my baby as possible before she starts reception and I lose her fooorrreevvveerrr <sobs dramatically>

To summarise, do it grin

NarkyNamechanger Thu 27-Jun-13 10:51:39

I'd be surprised if he still has a funded place after 3 months of non-attendance. There are certain criteria to be met.

And if he does then yes, personally I would send him.

Hamwidgeandcheps Thu 27-Jun-13 11:05:14

I would keep him home because you can. I'm projecting I know but I wish I could keep dd1 home in the holidays! (I have to work)
If you don't need the break have the one to one time and enjoy it you don't get the time back hmm

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