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Preparing children for their next step

Waters Edge Childrens Day Nursery, Elland. Pictured are Joanne Wood - proprietor, Carl and Kelly Heavyside - managers.

Waters Edge Childrens Day Nursery, Elland. Pictured are Joanne Wood - proprietor, Carl and Kelly Heavyside - managers.

Water’s Edge Children’s Day Nursery in Park Road, Elland, is offering special shorter day sessions to prepare children for starting school.

The new sessions, which begin at the Ofsted rated “Outstanding” nursery in June, are aimed at children aged two and above and will run from 9.30am until 2.30pm on Mondays and Fridays.

Full day care options will continue to be available as well.

Nursery owner Joanne Wood said: “Starting school is a milestone in a child’s life and can be a fun but sometimes daunting experience, not just for the child but for mum and dad too.

“A huge part of our role at Water’s Edge is to prepare all the children who come here for starting school. But we know there are lots of families who don’t necessarily need childcare, perhaps because one of the parents has chosen to stay at home or grandparents look after the child while the parents are at work.

“For those families, we wanted to provide the option of shorter day sessions to help prepare their son or daughter for school in a formal nursery setting.

“It will give those children chance to get used to being away from their main carer for a few hours each week and experience playing and interacting with children they haven’t met before in a nursery setting.”

Joanne said that attending pre-school sessions, as well as toddler groups or any other activity where young children had chance to interact with each other, could help to boost a child’s confidence when socialising with other children. Joanne advised that when choosing a nursery or pre-school parents should visit a number of different settings before making a final decision.

For a full list of nurseries in your area, visit your local children’s information service.

 

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