Is My Child Ready for Nursery?

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When it comes to nursery and showing your child the many educational activities they can get up to, it’s important to keep in mind that your child needs to be at the right level to start nursery and have fun with it. This is why it’s important to ask yourself when your child is ready for nursery - these factors from this childcare centre in Richmond will help you figure out when is the best time.

Can your child handle things on their own?

The biggest thing to consider is obviously how they will be able to manage without their parents around for a few hours a day. At minimum your child will be away for 3 - 4 hours, so it’s worth testing this with your child to see if they can play and have fun away from parents’ eyes. A child that gets overwhelmed about their parents not being around can be easily fixed over time, but could be a problem for nurseries if they continually become upset about feeling alone.

Is your child able to cope with talking to others?

Communication is also a big factor in showing your child how to handle themselves. They will have to have the knowledge of being comfortable to communicate with people they won’t have met before. Thankfully communication is not just about being able to hold a conversation. Your child should be able to listen well, and feel happy about meeting other kids their age.

Can your child handle day-to-day activities?

From birth your child will be piquing their interest. They will want to explore, climb things and handle things, but they will also be learning how to hold onto things, pick things up and handle cutlery without outside assistance. This is when your child is ready for nursery; they’ll be able to manage what’s going on without their parents being around and take on new activities with open arms.

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