The term after your child turns 3, you are entitled to have 15 hour of free Nursery/Pre-school for them. This is not compulsory and you do not have to send your child to nursery if you do not wish to.
Jake and Kyla were in Nursery from 2 and 2.5 respectively.
Abigail is 3. She will receive her entitlement from January…. Except she won’t be going.
I am often asked if she goes to nursery / will she be going to nursery / have I found a nursery yet? The answer is always the same. NO.
So I give you … Is Nursery necessary?
I am a Stay At Home Mum. Ok, I try to run my business and other things from home, but ultimately I am here. I also have Zachary at home, so there’s no point sending her to Nursery just to get a break.
So maybe there is the social aspect of Nursery? She’s not a shy child. She likes to play the shy card, but ultimately she is very confident. She has friends she see’s regularly and she has siblings that she interacts with. So does she need nursery for the social part? I think not.
How about learning? She plays a lot at home. Her imagination is great. As is her vocabulary. She can be a little difficult to understand sometimes due to a lip tie (the little piece of skin between her top lip and gum comes down further than normal and stops between her 2 front teeth making some sounds difficult to make), but she is very clever. She knows her colours, can count to 10 and we are nearly there with the alphabet and shapes. She loves to draw and she loves to learn when we are out and about. So does she really need to go to nursery for the learning side of things?
Are we becoming more structured learning focused? That as soon as a child turns 3 they MUST go to a nursery / pre-school environment and begin their education.
The more I read about home education and unschooling, the more I am really considering it. Yes, structure can be good but children soak up so much and I truly believe that children learn a lot more by doing and discussing things than by a conventional schooling.
Besides, I love having her at home … and she loves being here. As she said to me today whilst out grocery shopping “Mummy, you’re a good helper for helping me”.
Why would I want to send her to nursery when she comes out with lines like that?
NB: This is more of a SAHM point of view and appreciate that parents who work will see Nursery as being necessary.