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Learning the ropes of registering at schools and nurseries

Tine in the parkWhen I first started thinking about schools and nurseries, I had no idea what questions to ask when contacting the different places. I knew I had to ask for registration forms, but that was about it.

I picked a nursery for Baby Girl without asking about food. They could have served hamburgers and fries every day, or we could have had to bring packed lunches. I had no idea, but I was still prepared to pay the deposit.

I’ve also registered Baby Girl at schools without asking about assessment policies, and the challenges related to having an August baby, who will be among the youngest one in the class.

In addition, I’ve failed to register Baby Girl at a non-selective school, which most seem to do to be guaranteed a place somewhere.

But I’m getting there. I’ve been back to the nursery to see sample menus. I called one school yesterday to discuss assessments and check if it was too late to register with them. And I’ve made plans to visit a non-selective school, where I can register Baby Girl now and know that she will be offered a place. Who says being a mummy in the city isn’t hard work.

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3 Responses to Learning the ropes of registering at schools and nurseries

  1. auntiejanola says:

    It is that hard? I had no idea you need to register to school a few years before you actually go to them!

    • Tine says:

      The school I called yesterday had already closed its list for the kindergarten class, which would have been applicable to Baby Girl, but the list for the school was still open. Some of the independent schools in London seem to be like this, so I know a lot of parents register their children as soon as they’re born. It’s tough!

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