N’s now done 2 terms at school (or 1 term in old school language).  So far it all seems to be going well for him and he’s made the transition well.

Being a reception mum is different to nursery though.  At nursery, although drop offs and pick ups were all at different times, you knew that every parent was working, and you’d see the same faces day in day out, knowing you’d always have a hi and maybe a quick chat.

As a working parent at school it’s very different.  I currently flex my hours slightly in that I do earlier starts 3 days a week in order to be able to do the Friday afternoon pick up.  N does early morning club 3 days a week when I start work at 8.30, the other 2 days I drop him when the school gate opens at 8.30.

Although there’s 3-4 reception children doing morning club across the week, everyone’s in too much of a rush to chat even if we do overlap.  On the days I drop off when the school gate opens, there’s usually my neighbour who has a daughter at the same after school club, but that’s it. We rarely see other parents to talk to.

So it’s Friday afternoons when I really have to try and talk to other reception mums.  I’m lucky because I did know quite a few mums at the school across different years, and there’s a few reception mums I’d spoken to over the weeks.  But there’s only so much time, people don’t tend to hang around because they’re concentrating on getting the children out with all of their bags and coats.

Eating out at The Castle pub, Edgehill - Bubbablue and me

I was really pleased to hear one of the mums had organised a meal out for the reception mums.  How they managed to find a night that most could go to was beyond me, but they did and so the other day, around 17 of us went to a nearby pub, The Castle Edgehill, for a lovely meal.  There’s nothing like chatting and catching up while eating out.

We’d ordered in advance from a set menu.  I wasn’t too excited about the menu (being a fussy person, plus being on a diet I wanted sauces on the side, no bread and various other requests – all of which the pub dealt with absolutely correctly!).  But when the meal arrived it was good.

butternut squash soup at the castle

I had butternut squash soup which was prettily presented, if a little bland and tasteless.  Followed by roasted salmon with potato rosti, roasted veg and a tarragon sauce.  I’m not really a fan of salmon, but it was really delicious, as were the veg.

roasted salmon and veg at The Castle

I finished up with a salted chocolate mousse pot with plums, honeycomb and ice cream.  It was a lot thicker and heavier than I imagined – just right taste wise, and I did eat it all (sod the diet) – although many of the others couldn’t eat all of theirs as it was so rich.

chocolate mousse at The Castle

The service was brilliant – working around people who couldn’t remember what they’d ordered (not an issue due to the excel spreadsheet someone pulled together), and the setting is gorgeous if you love historic buildings and history.

But the evening was really all about us getting to know each other.  I sat in the middle so was able to join in conversations in both directions, and it was great to really know who the other mums are.  There were just a couple who couldn’t be there that I either haven’t had chance to talk to, or don’t know, but now I’d be happy knowing I could approach any of them to chat.

It was lovely to be able to compare notes with one of the mums of a child N was really friendly with at day nursery.  It’s interesting to see how they’ve both changed, and how they’re getting on.  Plus I was chuffed to hear her say that N seems to love and is good at his writing.  It turns out having to write their name each time they have a snack is good encouragement and practice for N, even if it does mean he holds up the 1 pencil because his name is so long!

I also had another mum tell me how N was such a nice boy.  I’m not sure where that came from but I’ll take it.  So nice when you hear lovely things about your child.

Hopefully in the next few months we’ll have another meet up at some point.  It was a great way to meet them with more time in a relaxing environment, rather than the rush of assemblies, picks up or other events.

Do your school year mums or dads get together?  How do you find meeting the other parents?

15 Comments

  1. I do not get have kids so don’t have this problem or rather this type of interaction yet but it’s good that someone organised this and you’re all (almost) able to get together and compare notes

  2. I do not get have kids so don’t have this problem or rather this type of interaction yet but it’s good that someone organised this and you’re all (almost) able to get together and compare notes

  3. I do not get have kids so don’t have this problem or rather this type of interaction yet but it’s good that someone organised this and you’re all (almost) able to get together and compare notes

  4. OOh the salt chocolate mousse pot looks divine and what a really lovely idea to meet and go for dinner x

  5. Zoe Alicia

    Wow, their food presentation is some of the best I’ve seen. Looks like it was a lovely day out 🙂 x

  6. Jolene monaghan

    This looks like a fab day out… and its always great to hear when your child is doing well at something x

  7. This sounds like a fantastic idea, its definitely something I would like to take part in when Monkey goes to school in Sept. You must have felt very proud about all the good comments 🙂 x

  8. Aw glad you had time to chat with the other mums in a lovely historic location. Your soup looks delicious I love butternut squash soup although you said it is quite bland?

    • It just needed a little something to give it a bit of kick I think. Or maybe just some pepper!

  9. ooh what an interesting day out. Good idea to sit in the middle and it’s always great to hear compliments about your child. Angela

  10. Oh this is such a lovely idea – I feel a little isolated as I drop Pickle off at his new school – my older 3 are all in their teens so I feel ‘out of the loop’. I would love to do this, but don’t have the confidence! Your meal looks delicious too! Kaz x

  11. The salted choc mousse pot looks divine!!! We had a mums meet up recently but its not really my thing. I hardly go out so when i do i prefer to go with my friends. Looks like you enjoyed it though.

    • Ah, well some of these will probably end up being friends as the kids go through the school, plus I’m always happy to find new friends that I’ll see regularly, rather than lots of my other friends who I rarely get chance to see because I work full time and they get together during the week. It was a really nice time out together

  12. This is an old family favourite and somewhere we always return to when Mum and Dad are back in the UK. Not been for a couple of years, but always loved the food there and the quirky layout.

    • It’s really fancy now, totally different to the old local pub style, with huge portions. Nice but definitely posh and more fussy.

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