The Nursery Dilemma
We live in the wonderful confines of Nappy Valley, the place where more babies are born per square mile than any other part of Europe. It means that nursery places are as hard to find as the Mexican Walking Fish and you need to put your name down on the waiting lists before you even go on a first date with the father of your child.
So, imagine our surprise when the nursery that we applied to just after Baby was born sent me an email yesterday saying they were offering us three days. I was gobsmacked. It’s a really great nursery that a friend recommended and the Ofsted report is very positive. Having listened to so many people tell us that they couldn’t get nursery spots, I fully expected to be disappointed.
We should be ecstatic. But now that the possibility of sending Baby to nursery is staring us in the face, James and I are feeling strangely reluctant. First of all, we’re worried that it’s a bit too soon. Secondly, we’re not sure we actually need a nursery yet; we’re getting along well with our current situation: a friend comes over and watches her three afternoons a week while I work. If there is more needed, James takes her. We really like that we both get to spend so much time with her. After all, that flexibility is part of the reason that we run our own business.
I’d really like to hear your experiences about choosing childcare and sending your child to nursery. How young is too young? Has anyone had bad or good experiences? Please share.