• Becky Hodgkin

Five Lessons I learnt from Jacob's first week in Nursery during a Pandemic

Updated: Feb 13

1️⃣ Its okay to call loads on the first day. They expect it! We had a minor blip on the first day where they didn't know where Jacob's bag was so luckily I rang to check and was able to describe it to them to locate it. It hadn't been put on his peg. This did not help my first day nerves.

2️⃣ No Calpol! I'm not sure how general this is but due to it masking covid symptoms, nursery staff are unable to give Calpol to babas unless it is prescribed by a doctor. Pretty daunting when Jacob is teething (what feels like) every other day!

3️⃣ Take the babies temperature before you leave home. Babies temperatures are taken before they enter the nursery and if they have a fever they aren't able to come in. To save a trip, take their temp before you leave the house if you are in any doubt!

4️⃣ Pack as many spare sets of clothes as you can fit in their tiny little nursery bags! Jacob is still learning how to use utensils and cups so you can imagine, food and water go everywhere.

5️⃣ It's harder for you than it is for them. I really struggled with the lack of control and therefore lack of trust I had during the first few days. Once you see the bab come back happy and fed and clean, you begin to get into the rhythm of things (just like they do). Cut yourself some slack, its normal!

I can see now how much he enjoys nursery, including the social interaction, the new spaces, toys, activities and foods for him to try 🍉🕹️🦋🏅 nothing makes me happier than picking him up, covered in food, and reading his daily journal entry with everything he's done each day. I'm ready to start back at work full time on Monday.

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