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Spudthecat · 19/07/2017 15:49

I applied for my son to join the nursery at the school my children go, it's the first time any of mine are going nursery and it says he is expected to wear school uniform, is this normal? All seems abit formal to me?? Don't know whether to look for a different nursery

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DearTeddyRobinson · 19/07/2017 15:51

Normal round here, it's to get them used to the idea of school. It's not a nursery/childcare setting in that sense

toosexyforyahshirt · 19/07/2017 15:51

One of mine had to wear a tracksuit type uniform, the others didn't. It can be normal.

rainbowpie · 19/07/2017 15:51

DD goes to the nursery attached to a primary but they wear normal clothing until reception. Uniform on 2 and 3yos is weird!

ineedamoreadultieradult · 19/07/2017 15:52

Most nurseries attached to schools have uniform, it's bit compulsory but the kids love it. And they are usually flexible so if a child prefers jogging bottoms to school trousers they don't really mind. It makes them feel part of the school.

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Bluntness100 · 19/07/2017 15:53

Depends on the nursery, my daughters did in the dim and distant past. I wouldn't look for a new nursery because of this alone if everything else is right,,,,

OlennasWimple · 19/07/2017 15:54

Is it full uniform, or a uniform polo shirt with any bottoms?

CheeseOnToastMmm · 19/07/2017 15:57

Normal here, my dd has been to a nursery attached to a primary since she was 2 and has always worn full uniform.

ShesABloodyLoon · 19/07/2017 16:01

Normal for ours. It's not compulsory but they do ask that the kids wear their polo shirts and/or sweaters for trips, just like they will be expected to in school. It's much safer that way as they are easily identifiable.

A lot of nurseries attached to schools have a uniform.

BettyOBarley · 19/07/2017 16:07

Normal round here too. DD goes to a private nursery and the pre-school room has an optional uniform. DD actually loves wearing it and it's helped her to settle in (had some problems) as she felt that she was just like the other children wearing the uniform.

OddBoots · 19/07/2017 16:11

Polo and joggers type, normal. Shirt, tie and blazer type, not normal.

caffeinestream · 19/07/2017 16:14

Polo shirts/jogging bottoms/sweatshirts is normal in my experience, but not shirts, ties etc.

TronaldDump · 19/07/2017 16:14

I hate this idea that small children should be 'getting used to' things for school. Our nursery gives the preschoolers homework to get then used to it for school. Why don't we just dress them in uniform from birth so they are thoroughly prepared for the monotony of life as soon as possible? Poor babies.

OddBoots · 19/07/2017 16:24

I don't see the uniform in an early year setting in quite the same way as uniform in school.

In early years it is about comfortable practical clothing that you expect to get dirty and stained, it is a way for parents to have a set of cheap clothing that fulfils all of the above without having to think too much themselves about what is the right thing to wear. Quite a few parents of first children don't know what to expect of early years so would put their child in pretty little light coloured dresses or expensive brand t-shirts.

Glumglowworm · 19/07/2017 16:29

Normal here (Wales) but we refer to children starting school at 3 (school based nursery)

In the NW town I'm from nursery school age children don't wear uniform.

colacolaaddict · 19/07/2017 16:33

An optional t shirt is more common round here, but a couple have full on uniform.

I agree, it's too formal for my liking. 3 year olds don't need to be in grey skirts. When I was little, my state infant school was no uniform.

LockedOutOfMN · 19/07/2017 16:35

Mine wore a branded tracksuit and polo shirt with white or black trainers / plimsolls and white socks for nursery. It was the uniform.

ALittleMop · 19/07/2017 16:37

I'd say its the norm for most school nurseries but usually just a t shirt and not exactly strictly enforced. apart from some private schools where its full on boaters and ties from age 3 Hmm

I never used a school nursery for reasons like Tronald Dump - I wanted a less formal, more homey kind of setting, smaller numbers of kids - I don't see why they can't get used to school when they actually start. Ditto ties for school uniform, homework etc.

Gileswithachainsaw · 19/07/2017 16:37

Neither of mine had to wear uniform for pre school/nursery

They wore old clothes leggings/joggers and t shirts.

Hmmalittlefishy · 19/07/2017 16:39

Neither of mine have had to wear uniform at preschool or nursery. However as dc2 has a very annoying habit of wanting to change clothes just as we are leaving the house or several times a day a uniform would have been much easier! Smile

HeyMicky · 19/07/2017 16:40

I wish mine did. The daily drama over what to wear 😩

CecilyBlue · 19/07/2017 16:49

My DS is just has been in a nursery attached to primary school this year.

He had to wear the full school uniform, trousers/shorts, polo shirt, tie and school jumper. To be honest it was much easier than the previous year of drama over what clothes he wanted to wear in the mornings.

SummerMummy88 · 19/07/2017 16:52

It is normal and so much easier than wondering what clothes to put them in everyday.

Toysaurus · 19/07/2017 16:54

Not normal here. The teaching staff actively discouraged putting them in any uniform.

paxillin · 19/07/2017 16:57

Normal for nurseries attached to a school. Ours allows joggers and leggings instead of proper school trousers for nursery kids only, but in school colours and combined with the school polo shirt and jumper as well as black shoes and school colour socks.

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