• Check on me in five minutes - how we are getting round a sudden fear of the dark
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    Check on me in 5 minutes, ok? – How we’re getting round a sudden fear of the dark

    Spike has never been scared of the dark. She always went to bed in a dark room with the door open a tiny bit, with the landing light turned down low. It’s never been an issue. Until now.  Starting school, moving house, who knows A fear of the dark came about in early September. It coincided with starting school, but we also moved house 3 weeks previously. So it could have been caused by either thing, or neither. Everything I’ve read says that 4 year olds can often suddenly develop an irrational fear of the dark, which apparently goes with time in most cases.  Bedtime stalling I’ve written before about…

  • How Spike has reacted to starting school
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    Clinging, crippling shyness and resistance to everything – how Spike has reacted to starting school

    For 3 years Spike has been full time in nursery. We knew from the changes that occurred within that setting that she takes time to adjust. The first week or so after moving rooms in nursery she was always clingy at drop off. So we kind of expected more of the same starting school…  A staggered start  Spike’s school opted for half day starts for those starting school this year. She was in 9-11.30am for 4 days, then 9-1 for 3 days and then began full time. They have a high intake of kids who come straight from home, or part time at nursery. So I kind of understand why…

  • Spike with blog title graphic
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    Thank you for helping shape Spike into the girl she has become – An open letter to my daughter’s nursery

    Dear Spike’s nursery, For the last 3 and half years you have looked after Spike when I couldn’t. There were days when I needed to drop her off because she was testing my patience and others, more, when I wished that I could stay with her. But each and every time I left her, I knew she was safe.  She was being looked after by people that loved her. People who I could trust. People I knew would keep her safe no matter what.  When Spike started, she was only with you 2 days a week. But she was treated like any other. The enthusiasm I got from all the…

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    Learning to read – Watching Spike learn to read through phonics

    Last week I really enjoyed sitting down with Spike to read a storybook. She’d picked this particular book up off the shelf at home and asked to take it to Grandma’s with her so I told her to put it in the bag without really looking at which book it was. Ant and Bee, a learning to read book The book in question was Ant and Bee. A lovely book blogger friend sent me it when I had Spike saying it helped her to read and thought it would be nice for Spike. It introduces simple words starting with each letter of the alphabet and puts those words into a…

  • What to expect when visiting primary schools in your area
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    Overwhelmed, nervous and full of questions – What to expect when visiting primary schools

    The Primary School applications season is underway and if you are like some of my friends you’ll have already applied. If you are like others, you haven’t got a clue! Its hard to know where to start but visiting primary schools was one of the most important things for me. I started looking into everything in August and it was easy for me to narrow down our options to three schools. The application allows you to enter three choices but I didn’t know which I would prefer Spike to go to, without visiting. Which is why I arranged the visits. Read on to find out how each visit went and…

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    Working bank holidays – missing out on that extra little us time

    I work in the travel and tourism industry. Although I work an office job, I’m one of a small minority for my company. Therefore our contracts are written like those on the holiday parks we manage. We aren’t meant to have a large chunk of time off within July and August. And we work bank holidays as standard days. The only exception to this is Christmas. Working Bank Holidays I don’t really mind too much as my parents were never off on a bank holiday. I grew up in a shop where my parents time was spent working 7 days a week, 363 days a year. The only days they…

  • Photo of Spike looking happy and grown up with caption 'Applying for school places wanting the best for Spike
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    Applying for school places – Trying to get the best for Spike

    The time has come to look at schools for Spike. It scares me how fast the last 3 years has gone. Starting nursery seemed like hardly any time ago, yet now we’re looking at school places! The idea that she goes to school next September is already freaking me out. My school preferences The first thing I did was look into schools in our area. I have always said I do not want my child doing to a church school. T is atheist, I am undecided. I am most connected to Paganism and I really hate the idea of organised religion. Having attended a church primary school and growing up…