IT’S never easy leaving your little ones at nursery, particularly when they’re latched on to your arm or leg.
But with busy work schedules and demanding lives outside of being a parent, nursery is often essential for both adults and kids.
“Nursery staff look after your children and know them well. Some children spend more time at nursery than at home, depending on circumstances, said Sharon Birch, the owner and founder of Footprints Learning for Life nursery in Hartlepool.
“No matter how often your child is at nursery, staff will always help and be able to offer advice on parenting and more. Most are parents themselves. We’re here to help.”
While nursery workers are there to help, there are some things parents do which can make their job more difficult – and some can even affect a child’s learning too.
From gossiping to wearing your pj’s on the nursery run, Sharon tells Fabulous the most annoying things parents do, and things she wishes would stop.
While she understands it’s sometimes a “mad rush” to get out of the door in the morning, Sharon says “it’s not a good look and not a good habit, and [wearing pjs]does nothing for self-respect and self-esteem.”
And believe it or not, this is directed at both kids AND parents with Sharon adding “organisation is key” – so make sure all parties are dressed each morning.
Although, she adds: “We do understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, so we’d rather your child attended nursery than not.
“If you’re in too much of a rush to change your clothes, provide daytime clothing and we’ll change your child the minute they are through the door.”
Parents should be packing a spare change of clothes anyway, according to Sharon – as well as plenty of nappies, wipes, formula milk, a comforter and appropriate clothing for all weather conditions.
She says: “Nursery is all about messy play, enjoying activities like painting, gloop, mud, sand, water, and going outside in all weathers – no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.
“Please don’t forget comforters like dummies and blankies, those important things that help soothe your child, especially at sleep time.”
One of the most annoying things parents can do is linger after dropping their child off, and Sharon stresses you must leave right away.
“Separation anxiety is a normal part of child development,” she says. “But if your child is to attend a childcare provider you must leave.”
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