The dreaded nursery phone call

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As a working parent, there’s one thing I always dread after sending N off to nursery.  Biting?  Fighting?  Bad language?  Inappropriate actions that his dad’s taught him? Nope.  It’s the dreaded nursery phone call with their name flashing out on the phone display.  My heart always sinks as you never know what the problem is. This only really applied at the day nursery where he is 3 days a week.  After a year of being at nursery school on the other… Continue Reading “The dreaded nursery phone call”

What to take in a nursery bag

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Mummy gets my bag ready for nursery the night before, but I like to include my own things just as we’re walking out of the door.  Anything to cause hassle and panic is great fun, although there is the danger of getting shouted at. The things mummy says we need to include are: Change of clothes – I like to remove things from the bag at nursery and at home so mummy never knows what’s in there.  The last 2… Continue Reading “What to take in a nursery bag”

Babysitting circles

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So, babysitting circles. Does anyone still have them in their area? What are they, I hear you ask? When we were kids, we lived on a commuter village housing estate full of families with school age children. It was a really friendly place to live, everyone seemed to know everyone else and there were lots of events in the village that everyone got involved with as an estate…meaning lots of dodgy photos of us from way back, dressing up and… Continue Reading “Babysitting circles”

It’s all change round here with childcare

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Now the summer holidays have hit, it means N’s childcare is changing. He used to do two days a week being looked after by my sister-in-law, which he and his cousin thought was brilliant.  Plus it meant being only round the corner, his dad could have coffee there and the kids also sometimes got taken out on the farm with the men. But youngest cousin starts school in September, so it’s all change as N won’t be going there anymore. … Continue Reading “It’s all change round here with childcare”

Mud kitchens

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Nursery have a new feature…a mud kitchen. I used to think N was bad with sand, but at least that was dust-able off (and even when he mixed it with water, it wasn’t too awful on the washing front). But the mud kitchen…. He arrived at nursery in neat and tidy red, white and blue in aid of their Armed Forces day activities, and his beige coloured canvas shoes.  Lots of activites – yoga bugs, eating tea in with pre-school… Continue Reading “Mud kitchens”

Positive thoughts

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I’ve just realised how easy it is to jinx good thoughts. People usually say I’m a bit of a moaner and that I can be negative.  However, I like to think I’m a realist.   My theory is that if you can point out what could go wrong, things can only get better.  Well, that’s the theory. I have to say I’m astounded at how frequently, when I’m thinking of something good, the next day that thing might go tits up.… Continue Reading “Positive thoughts”


N was so cute today. He loves going to play at his youngest cousin’s on the days he goes there (not entirely sure he’s going to cope once the cousin starts school in September), and today was one of those days. I’ve not been well so worked from home this morning…all fine, except I’d forgotten to pack extra nappies in his bag.  There was no way he’d only need 2 all day! So my sister-in-law popped in on the way… Continue Reading “Confusion”

Childcare blocks

I find it insane the way red-tape often stops something worthwhile happening, that is something that is going to impact the community positively.  And ultimately could help business and economics.  Politicians have been agreeing to increase staff to child ratios for younger children in the hope of reducing the cost of childcare and making staff more qualified.  Supposedly doing this will bring down childcare costs and therefore more people will be able to work. Not too convinced about the whole… Continue Reading “Childcare blocks”

Childcare Gurus

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The BBC magazine website yesterday had an article about six childcare gurus who changed parenting.  It was an interesting read, and although I hadn’t heard of the earlier people (pre-Penelope Leach), I’d heard of the ideas behind some earlier parenting in comparison to those more latterly. Nowadays, where there’s so much more talk around child-led parenting, it seems insane to think that around the 1920s Truby King was endorsing no time spent on bonding with your child; detachment was key… Continue Reading “Childcare Gurus”

New job

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After finishing my last job, I had the luxury of some time off job hunting.  Toss up between big commute again (lots of available great jobs, mostly further than previously) and trying to find something closer to home (unlikely in my current industry). And of course having a child is what puts the spanner in the works with job-hunting as a) you want to be able to spend time with the child and b) childcare have strict drop off and… Continue Reading “New job”