We are trying to choose which area we would prefer for our next house, and mainly choosing between three areas Area A (at the absolute top of our affordability, but lovely area, great schools, 20 min walk to work; area B (also lovely area, very good primary and secondary schools, a bit further commute about 35 min buseach way), and area C (very affordable, adequate basic primary school and very good secondary, ok bus commute (45 min each way).
I can evaluate all the above criteria but the criterion I don't know the value of is - how helpful is it to a DD to start primary alongside some of the friends she has spent time w at nursery? Because option A would enable that.
Our dd is lucky to be at a lovely private nursery, very unusual and outdoorsy and home like, and I would like her to stay there until primary. Almost all the kids at that nursery go to the school in catchment A.
I am sure kids form new friendships fast, but just wondered how/if those nursery bonds are helpful in smoothing entry to primary? especially since here it seems many people do enter primary with friends from nursery.
I know it's not the only factor though. Just have no idea if a factor at all! She is an only child and rather shy at first so far, which is another reason I wonder if having a few friends make the move to school w her might be helpful. But I don't really know.
Our school takes children from 2 settings though so no one knows absolutely everyone. It might be harder if everyone else already knew each other.
I know quite a few people who only moved here as their youngest started school too and they were all fine. Not only are friendships quite fluid at that age but school staff are good at ensuring everyone is included in a game.
Good point re parent network Petal - hadn't thought of that. I do particularly value those links because we don't have family nearby, so parent friends are particularly handy and treasured. Actually that may be more of an argument for option A, come to think of it!