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How I Did (not) Enroll My Two-Year-Old Son in Nursery - Simigarten

How I Did (not) Enroll My Two-Year-Old Son in Nursery

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Upon enrolling my child in the nursery located in the same building as the kindergarten, meant for older children, I was overcome with unease. Despite my efforts to dismiss it, the feeling lingered.

The day finally arrived, and with a mix of excitement and nervousness, we reached the kindergarten. I snapped a photo to capture the moment and we proceeded inside.

My son, full of enthusiasm, observed the children. While seasoned students confidently marched to their classrooms, newcomers clung to their parents, their eyes filled with anxiety.

Walking into his classroom, memories of my time as a nursery teacher overwhelmed me. I recalled rooms filled with distressed children, lost and crying, wondering where their mothers had gone. Many still wore diapers, clutching their favorite toys and pacifiers.

Neon lights, warmth, noise, and in the air, the scent of last night’s dinner coming from under the diaper of one of the disoriented toddlers. Was I really considering this for my own child? The very idea I had once criticized?

In one corner, some kids played happily, having adjusted to the routine. In another, new attendees hesitated, some shedding tears, constantly glancing at the exit, longing for their mothers.

The staff did their best, but how could they possibly attend to the unique needs of each child among so many? It’s a common challenge in institutional education.

I recently came across a quote from Zdenka Šíp Staňková (CZ), who has written extensively on childhood trauma.She believes a young child thrives best in a mother’s care.

If possible, it’s best not to rush into enrolling them in daycare or preschool. Prioritizing their emotional needs can lead to a stronger, trauma-free bond between parent and child.

Always trust your child’s instincts. If they’re resistant to attending kindergarten, perhaps they’re not ready. If circumstances permit, cherish those extra moments at home with them.

For further insights on this topic, consider joining our private Facebook group, “Simigarten’s Parenting Academy”

As for our experience? The kindergarten wasn’t accommodating to my son’s needs. While he was keen to stay with the other children, our attempts at separation resulted in heart-wrenching cries. Ultimately, we chose to leave, spending our day at the playground instead. We haven’t returned since.

Have you had a similar journey? Or perhaps a different perspective? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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