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To ask if this is normal for nursery school children??

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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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Gileswithachainsaw · 19/07/2017 16:57

Old clothes that are easy to pull up/down and it doesn't matter if they get filthy/ruined

Where's the drama Confused

yellowgymball · 19/07/2017 16:58


Grey pinafore/skirt/shorts/trousers

White polo, blouse or shirt

School colour cardi or jumper

Black shoes

Cheap, easy, no fuss. I don't have a problem with it:

LaArdilla · 19/07/2017 17:02

I chose an unattached pre-school (half days) nursery which was more relaxed.

I didn't like the formality of the school-attached one. It wasn't just uniforms, it seemed stricter in other ways and didn't seem as warm or as much fun.

My children didn't have any 'drama' over clothes. Instead, they loved choosing what to wear and showing off whatever character they enjoyed or feeling like they 'fitted in' if everyone was wearing Batman or whatever. It was a very pleasurable part of their childhood.

ShesABloodyLoon · 19/07/2017 17:03

I always made my kids wear theirs even though it wasn't strictly enforced because they would ruin their own clothes!

I recall years ago there was a lady who used to (still does in school now) send her child in boutique clothes. We're talking dresses and cardigans £50+. You know the type. Huge bows and frills on socks so big that they almost covered the very expensive patent shoes. She even had a fancy tailored blazer specially made with the school logo embroidered on (the local embroiderer almost lost the school contract for that little incident as of course, he wasn't allowed to logo non school clothes.)

One day a 3yo painted her daughter's dress. Not on purpose, just got really messy in the paint corner. She demanded the money for a replacement so the painter's mum gave her a school polo shirt that cost £4.50 and no more. The nursery manager had to agree. Uniform is there for a few reasons, protecting their own clothes being one.

Lindy2 · 19/07/2017 17:09

Our school nursery has a relaxed uniform as in most wear the polo shirt and johgers/leggings. Some of the girls choose to wear the gingham summer dresses.
Most of the non school nurseries around here also have uniform t shirts and jumpers too.

coddiwomple · 19/07/2017 17:11

It can be normal. The little ones can be proud to wear the same clothes than the "big boys or big girls".

I have never sent my kids in "old" clothes at nursery, I just use the gifts that I didn't like Grin. I personally hate garish or big logo items, so you could have seen one of mine in a Ralph Lauren polo. They get ruined just as well as Primark's own.

Once another mum did comment on my kids white top. Apart from the fact that's it's none of her business, you can bleach white, but you can't bleach colours, so not sure what her issue was! Rude to comment anyway.

AreWeThereYet000 · 19/07/2017 17:13

My DS goes to a nursery attatched to the school, they wear the same uniform as the school, school water bottles x

Witchend · 19/07/2017 17:13

The preschool mine went to didn't have a uniform but both dd1 and dd2 were desperate to wear uniform like their older friends, so I ended up getting a bit second hand.

daisypond · 19/07/2017 17:26

Not normal where I am.

Scaredycat3000 · 19/07/2017 18:28

Fuckin' bonkers. Why do we pander to people's shallowness, laziness, insecurities and old wives tales? Why can't we have an education system based on facts, figures and evidence? You are not preparing them for a working environment, this is the 21st century! Gove stopped homework for primary age dc when he was minister for education years ago, so why is any nursery preparing for work they shouldn't be getting next year. It just teaches dc how to be shallow, not care for things, and for parents to pass the buck on parental responsibility of dressing their dc appropriately. I think it's very telling that the teacher that harassed me to tuck my shirt in at school was actually turning a blind eye to the pedo teacher who was only caught after 25 years minimum of grooming students.

FinalPush · 19/07/2017 18:41

My dd goes (until tomorrow 😩) is to an attached primary and they have a full uniform, full pe kit, book bag, water bottle, summer dress, the lot. At first I liked it as it was exciting to see her all dressed up and she loved it but in reality it is a bit of a pain as it comes back covered in paint and black marker and I wish she was wearing her own clothes for a bit longer.
Downsides to school nursery in general is that she hasn't got into that school for reception (we thought she would) and so it's all a bit confusing for her as they are all talking about going into reception and she thinks of it as her school. Also you are thrown into all the money making pta schemes a year earlier!

Spudthecat · 19/07/2017 18:54

Well i do think it's more difficult as I don't have any of the uniform so now I'm going to have to go out and buy it all including school shoes which are expensive (don't want cheap shoes) when he has loads of clothes at home already, Also gonna have to buy the school jumper, and yes it's full uniform, all seems abit too formal to me I thought nursery was more fun and relaxed so I am now thinking i would rather look for somewhere a little more laid back! Also didn't realise nursery children did PE, it has definitely put me off

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IWillOnlyEatBeans · 19/07/2017 18:57

Normal here for nurseries attached to a school (NE England). School polo shirt and jumper. Jogging bottoms or trousers/shorts. Easy and comfortable. Not remotely enforced Smile

coddiwomple · 19/07/2017 19:03

you are thrown into all the money making pta schemes a year earlier!

It's unfortunate in your case, but as the funds raised by the PTA benefit children from reception, It's a good thing for other parents surely?

ScarletSienna · 19/07/2017 19:06

Not normal where I live at all. It would put me off the nursery.

Runny · 19/07/2017 19:10

Normal here now, although I didn't wear a uniform at my school nursery. That's was in the 80's though.

melj1213 · 19/07/2017 19:11

My DD went to nursery in Spain that was attached to her primary school and whilst she didn't wear a uniform, all of the children wear a pinafore - like the one in the picture - over their clothes to both protect them from any messy play and to act as a kind of "uniform".

At my DDs school the children could wear whatever colour pinafore they liked, they just had to have the school badge sewn on it somewhere (most parents would sew it on to the left hand pocket) but I know that some other schools were more strict and insisted on the pinafores being in the school colours.

They also had a PE uniform that was compulsory but in Infantil that just meant they had to wear a polo shirt with the school logo and they would have to wear that for any school trips ... the further up the school you went the more "strict" the uniform standards were.

To ask if this is normal for nursery school children??
Runny · 19/07/2017 19:28

There's a school around here that makes even the nursery wear a proper shirt or blouse and tie. This is a bloody state school ffs! Now that is taking it too far IMO.

MrsJayy · 19/07/2017 19:30

Ours had a sweat/polo shirt it wasn't compulsary but encouraged.

Crunchymum · 19/07/2017 19:32

Uniform colours at our nursery (preschool attached to school) so it's navy joggers and royal blue sweater / tshirt

Allthewaves · 19/07/2017 20:08

yep, normal here. Navy tracksuit bottoms, yelllow polo and red sweatshirt - logo or plain. Love it as dc trashed their preschool clothes so saved their normal clothes

Coloursthatweremyjoy · 19/07/2017 20:16

Normal for some, not for others. I have never encountered preschool PE kit though. Think of it as saving you the hassle of finding outfits everyday. Plus uniform jumpers in my experience are very durable.

All preschools and nursery do PE but we call it "physical development" and it's loads of fun. My class think the school gym stuff is amazing but we do lots of circle games, balancing, see saws, running and stuff like that.

On the other hand if you aren't getting a good feeling about the place. Choose another, our school has lots of children come in from nurseries that aren't attached. They aren't disadvantaged.

chocolateisnecessary · 19/07/2017 20:26

Yeah, normal here - uniform and uniform PE kit.

Justgivemesomepeace · 19/07/2017 20:33

Optional at my son's nursery attached to the school, but every single child wore it out of choice (well parents choice- the kids didn't care)! Easy to find something to wear and didn't matter if it got messed up.

OMFL · 19/07/2017 20:37

Mine just had to wear the school jumper (also known as the p.e jumper) over their clothes.

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