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How do I know if DD is ready for pre-school?

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tryhard Sat 27-Aug-16 18:56:20

She's 2.8. The pre-school say they need to be out of nappies/pull ups and although not completely dry she has done well over the summer & would probably crack potty training with the added encouragement of copying her peers. She loves other children, is excited about starting school etc. But she seems such a baby still (to me). She's still prone to tantrums, caused in part by the fact that she doesn't talk as well as her sister did at the same age. I'm unsure about sending her in not completely dry (though she'd only be doing 3.5 hours for 3 mornings initially) and I'm not sure if she's ready or if it's just me babying her?! I know she'd love it, the social interaction, stories and play etc. but if I start her at pre-school now, she'll have 2 years of pre-school before she starts Reception. Any thoughts?

HSMMaCM Sun 28-Aug-16 10:24:47

If she'd love it and you want her to do it, then go for it. She doesn't need to go at all, unless you want her to.

Most children love it, but always remember it's not compulsory.

tryhard Mon 29-Aug-16 09:47:45

I think it's cos I'm comparing her to her sister, who was taking really well at this age. She loves other kids & is very involved in the school life already cos of doing the school run with my eldest every day. I suppose in hesitating because she doesn't need to go yet, I think most people wait until they're 3. I don't even know if the pre-school will allow a post-half term or Xmas start.

HSMMaCM Mon 29-Aug-16 12:45:33

They probably fill most spaces in September when the older children go off to school. You can always leave it until next September if you aren't ready.

mandyemma13 Thu 01-Sep-16 23:27:29

Most nursery's say that children don't need to be dry at that age and shouldn't expect them to be. I used to put my daughter in pull ups so when she did use the loo it was like wearing big girl pants anyway. And if she does have an accident 3 hours is fine. She will probably want to use the little nursery loo.

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