Welcome to nursery!

Welcome to nursery!

This week is Lily’s first anniversary at nursery. She’s been there a whole year and she enjoys it so much. She mixes well with the other children; she loves playing with her friends and I am always hearing from the staff that she is very happy there. It is an absolute delight to pick her up and see this for myself every time.

Even though for her it’s now been a year, many other children are experiencing nursery for the very first time this week. Knowing such transition can be very nerve wrecking for both child and parent, I have decided to share my top three tips for nursery newbies. Whether this is you right now or in the future, these tips will hopefully make this transition easier for you and your child.

Settle sessions

Lily had these sessions and I genuinely believe they are a key element to a successful start. These consist in short visits that usually last no longer than one hour, giving your child enough time to become familiar with the surroundings, staff and other children. Most places offer more than one session and usually parents stay just outside the door for the first one. This will also give you the chance to see exactly how the nursery runs day to day.

If, by any chance, you happen to be interested but these sessions are neither mentioned nor offered to you, feel free to ask. I am sure your nursery will be more than willing to arrange something; at the end of the day, surely the staff wants you and your child to be comfortable.

Packing the bag! 

Before our children venture off to nursery, we’re used to having that all-important changing bag with us at all times. We normally have it filled with hundreds of nappies, wipes, snacks, cream and anything else we can think of! For nursery this isn’t really appropriate and also, just not really needed. Every nursery is different but in Lily’s bag I usually pack:

  • 3 or 4 nappies
  • 1 packet of wipes
  • Change of clothes
  • Travel size nappy cream
  • An oat bar for afterwards


When your child moves on from nappies, keep a few extra pairs of pants or knickers in the bag and let the staff know that they’re there, just in case of little accidents.

All these items fit in a small backpack Lily proudly carries in with her, which also works as a distraction from leaving her mum and dad at the door.

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Make it sound exciting! 

Let’s face it: You will be nervous and your child will be nervous. Don’t try to hide it; it is good for you to show your child that it is okay to be nervous sometimes. Of course change can be a little scary, but it can be very exciting too! Tell your child about all the things they’ll be able to do such as all the toys available for them to play with, song time, story time and much, much more.

If you make it sound exciting, they will certainly get excited and feel a little bit more relaxed. You can always ask your nursery for a list of their activities, if you need a little extra help with this.

Most importantly, don’t panic! Although it is a stressful time, nursery can be a great stepping-stone in preparing your child for school. It is a very important stage in not only your little one’s life but yours too. So make the most of it and enjoy it!

Creator and writer for the Young Mummy Survival Guide, a blog aimed at helping younger mothers from the view of a younger mother. Currently studying PR, media and marketing in Canterbury, Kent.

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