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Posted by Katie oGrady

Summer born babies

With the news of Princess Charlotte’s arrival, along with the fabulous Rebecca Adlington’s (Olympic Goddess) baby girl, there is a lot of focus on the big ‘summer born baby’ debate. Not only on social media and newspapers but also here at Boys & Girls Nursery.

The question – Should they all start school in September or the younger ones be staggered and gently eased in?

Research suggests that babies born after May should have a gentle ease into school life and are not ready compared to their Winter & Spring born peers though I would argue that some October / November born children are also not ready for the challenges of big school.

With 15 years’ experience of waving our Pre-Schoolers off to school and with a summer born baby (27th August eek!) of my own who is starting full time school in September I would argue that all children are different and often surprise us with their capabilities when the big day arrives! All we can do as practitioners and parents is give them the support and routine to cope with the initial transition and make those first few weeks enjoyable. The first term is always the hardest for the reception class as it’s getting darker, colder and school days are pretty full on but by the Spring they’re generally all happy & settled  – good luck to all of our Pre-Schoolers off to big school in September, I will be joining the other mummies shedding a tear at the school gates!