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This is a question that will need to be answered by all parents at some point in their lives.  This is also a question that can lead to a lot of research, emotional moments and deliberation. Deciding whether or not to send your child to nursery is a big decision for many parents. For others, it’s not so much a choice as an obligation influenced by financial pressures or a demanding career. Manor Lodge, a prep school in Hertfordshire explore pros and cons of sending your child to a nursery to help you make the decision for yourself. 

It is not a surprising fact that sending your little one to a nursery can help to prepare them for starting school.  By the time their first day at school comes round they would have already faced the challenge of being separated from their parents, getting used to a new routine and socialising with children their own age. It can also help with potty training, eating new foods and other general lifestyle skills. This will all not only help them to settle in to school when the time comes but also help them to develop their personal skills and, as scary as it sounds, practice being a little bit independent. 

At a nursery your children will have access to a wide range of activities and learning support. It might be the case that you can provide the same for your child at home and would rather they not leave your side. As a parent it is common to suffer with a severe case of FOMO (fear of missing out). Unfortunately your child may have some of their ‘firsts’ in the company of the nursery nurse and you may not be there to witness it. This is something you need to weigh up before making your decision. 

Every child is different so the right choice for you and your little one isn’t necessarily the best decision for someone else. Some children would excel more with some one on one attention from their parents whereas others really need the structure of a nursery to encourage them to focus and learn. Try talking through all of your own personal pros and cons with a loved one to really help you decide what is best for your situation. 

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