Finding the right nursery and preparing your little one for nursery and school with Laura Clifford, Head of Pre-Prep at Blundell’s Preparatory School.
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Finding the right nursery and preparing your little one for nursery and school with Laura Clifford, Head of Pre-Prep at Blundell’s Preparatory School.

Please note: in this podcast I do talk about pregnancy and preparing for baby.

This week on the podcast, after a little catch up with me, I am chatting with Laura Clifford, Head of Pre-Prep at Blundell’s Preparatory School. 

Having studied for a Bachelor in Primary Education at Edinburgh University, Laura has worked across a range of Nurseries and Primary Schools. Laura took a short break from teaching in schools to have both her boys, (now 7 and 4) but set up her own Educational Support business for families and children within this time. She provided early learning parent workshops, private 1:1 tuition, a blog and small groups for home schooled families. She returned to school life in September 2018 when she took up the role of Head of Pre-Prep at Blundell’s Preparatory School in Tiverton, where she continues to build a thriving and hugely happy Nursery and Pre-Prep up to Year 2. Laura is dedicated to support families and children particularly at the early stages of the education journey and passionate about allowing each child to develop and grow to the best of their ability. 

Today Laura joins me on the podcast to talk about choosing a nursery and preparing your little one for nursery and school. We also cover all your listener questions. 

Topics:

What age is it recommended for little ones to start nursery? Do you see a difference if they start early?

What does nursery provide children?

What should parents be looking for in a nursery?

What happens at nursery?

Can little ones nap at nursery?

How to cope as a parent when leaving your little one for the first time

What are your thoughts on Forest school? 

 

Listener specific questions: 

What sort of approaches would be expected for dealing with behaviour issues?

Is it ok to take our 1 year old out of nursery for school holidays or will this unsettle her?

My 9 month old boy is due to start nursery soon, v spewy baby, how many clothes to pack?

If starting at 3 years old, what key things should we look out for/ show a great setting?

The longer you leave it to start nursery is it harder for child to adjust? Struggle leaving Mum and Dad etc?

Best thing to do to prepare your 2.5yr old? Especially after lockdown/less social contact.

I have heard summer babies tend to lag behind in school as they are the younger in their year. Is this true? Also worth sending them to school a year later?

14 month old does tiny naps at nursery (2 naps). How to help - she does 4 days.

I didn’t realised how long waiting lists would be. When is it best to register baby for nursery?

My mother in law keeps telling us to look at a private school for my child who will be starting reception, be we have an excellent state primary on our doorstep. What are the differences?

What to expect of nursery during covid?

Thank you so much for listening, I will be back in a couple of weeks with a brand new mini series! Covering all things baby prep and more!  

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Emma x

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