I have written about it before but the last school summer holidays were horrific.
I struggled to work with both boys at home and many of the days ended in tears from me and or both boys. Frustrations were high and boredom for them was astronomical at times.
So a few weeks back I made the decision that Jacob needed to have some time at nursery. Giving him some much-needed play time with his peers and giving me the work time to actually have some solid blocks of time to complete my work instead of working at night.
Ollie has been far more hesitant to this new phase than I. He has been super anxious about starting Jacob in private nursery as Joshua was 2.5 years and when we plan on sending Jacob after Christmas it will be a month off his second birthday.
We obviously have a couple of options for paid childcare which is the only route open to us and so it was a decision between a childminder or private nursery.
Joshua obviously went to nursery in the village we live in and he thrived but with 2 nurseries now in the village we had a choice of those two too.
I must admit that after Joshua’s positive experience in nursery the local childminders haven’t had a look in. It really has been all about the nursery experience. The newest nursery in the village is actually at the top of our road and I considered this one for all of about a nano second before calling our previous nursery and having a chat.
Maybe I am set in my ways but with Joshua’s positive experience and such amazing staff that many of them we have remained friends well past Joshua leaving nursery. It was a natural choice really in hindsight.
Last week we headed back to our much loved nursery to see the toddler room that he will be in. When Joshua was there the new toddler room extension had just been built but he was already in preschool and so Ollie had never really seen the room where Jacob will be.
From the moment we arrive Jacob settled quickly and soon found his feet with the toys and other small people! We got to check out the outside space and got to chat with the amazing ladies that will be looking after him and within 10 minutes I knew Ollie would feel so much better about this next stage for Jacob.
Ideally it would super to not put Jacob in nursery but working and needing the money means we are luckier than most that some of my work I can do with Jacob at home but not all of it. Emotionally I have stopped berating myself for not being able to be with him 100% of the time because I know that by working too I am providing for our family just as much. I just thank goodness that I get to spend as much time with Jacob while he is as little as he is as I do.
Here’s to the new year, the new chapter and Jacob’s new friends in nursery in January!