First School Meeting

Jess McGlynnMay 18, 2013

Last week we had our very first parents meeting at Meg’s future school.  It was a great opportunity to hear from the Early Years staff about how Meg’s school days will be structured, what kind of involvement we, as parents, will have and what will be required of us and also what information the school will relay to us about Meg’s progress.

We got given a little pack with a whole load of information in it and were given a tour of her classroom and the outdoor area.

Meg’s future classroom

It was really nice to meet some of the other parents.  We know a handful but in a class of 30 children there are lots of parents we don’t know but whom we will be sharing the playground with for the next 7 years!

Listening to some of the questions that were asked gave us useful insight into how other parents are feeling about their children starting school; it was quite obvious who the first-timers were and one man asked so many questions I did have to wonder whether he’d even known before that day which school his child was going to!  

There was a mixed bag of nervous parents, over confident parents and ‘somewhere in the middle’ parents.  I do love to people watch so I’m looking forward to seeing reactions on that first day in the playground…I’ve already got my eye on several potential weepers!

We are mostly feeling excitement about Meg going off to school.  Standing in ‘The Bungalow’ and looking at the work the current Early Years class are doing really brought it home that she will be starting school and made me feel really excited about the stuff Meg will get up to.  I know she will take it all in her stride and she really is chomping at the bit and ready to go.

Reading and ‘quiet time’ area

There’s still a lot to organise and lots of stuff to equip ourselves with (recommendations for sew on/iron on labels please!!) but we’ve got 3 months to prepare.  We were given a great little book with photos of the staff to go through with Meg to help her understand and learn the people she will be seeing for the next year which I thought was a brilliant idea.  We’ve also got two days this side of the summer holidays when we can take Meg down to the school to join in with an Early Years session so she can see how it all works with us at her side.

I still swing between feelings of sadness that in not too long a time she will be gone from our house for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week for potentially the next 12 years to feeling that I can’t wait until she goes as I try to think of activities that will keep her occupied and engaged.

Early Years Playground

Generally though, I think both myself and my Other Half are excited about this next stage and I have promised him I will try very very hard not to be one of the weepers on the first day!

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