Where has my baby gone?! 

Today Daisy graduated from nursery! I was so proud watching her on stage singing and dancing with all her friends! 

We were told daisy would never walk, talk or show any form of emotion.. how wrong they got it! She is such a happy clever little lady! 

Today at nursery all the children from morning nursery and afternoon nursery got to graduate together infront of parents and other relatives! It was amazing! 

They all sang a goodbye song which I had heard endlessly for the past two weeks at home! They sang a song they had learnt during music week and then they danced to a song that the children had voted on. At the end they were all presented with their learning journal and a gift. Daisy was so proud of herself! I was so proud of her! 

I must remember every single day just how lucky I am to have such a healthy lovable and clever girl! 

Here is Daisy on her first day at nursery and on her graduation day today! 


Nursery Trip!

Today we visited St Lenords Farm in Shipley, Yorkshire! Me and Daisy arrived at nursery at 8:45am with our packed lunch and rain coats it was pouring it down!!

I stood with Sarah and Charlotte while Daisy sat with their daughters Maisie and Maddison on the carpet. The teacher called the register and we waited until everyone had arrived which was thirty minutes later clearly some people believe the world revolves around them! When we got on the coach Daisy and Maisie sat alongside one another and Maddison infront. They are such good friends it lovely to see them! The journey was about forty-five minutes and the girls chatted all the way. 

When we arrived we walked up the road to the farm. We visited the farm last year and had such a lovely time. We dropped our lunch off in a school room and went into the indoor barn for our animal talk. Farmer James gave the talk! He was appropriate for the children but had the humour in his speak for the adults too! He passed around various animals for us to hold and touch. I’m not a fan of animals so I opted not to touch but Daisy loved it! She stroked a lamb, kid, chick, ferret, chinchilla and hen! It was lovely to have a hand on experience as I’ve not been to anywhere around Leeds that offers this kind of experience before. 

After the talk we all went over to the hay bales, the kids loved it! Running around jumping off and climbing back up to the top! It’s lovely to watch them have such fun on something so simple as hay! 

Next stop was the indoor play area, which is suitable for adults too!! They have two big slides, the first is a bumpy slide which requires a mat and the second is a child friendly death drop style slide. Daisy wasn’t a fan of this one but did go on it once. The play area includes a ball pit, smaller slide and climb, firemans pole and the usual indoor soft play obstacles. I did love the one here though as I could stand at all aspects where as usually I have to bend down to fit. I enjoyed a cup of tea and a chat with the other mums whilst Daisy continued to play.

Dinner time couldn’t come soon enough! I was so hungry it was unreal! Tuna pasta for me and sandwich for Daisy! I love a packed lunch somehow it always seems a little better eaten out of plastic Tupperware. Crisps and chocolate for afters. 

We then went to feed the animals! Goats, sheep, donkeys and chickens! Daisy wasn’t very good at feeding them she kept curling her fingers up and didn’t fully get that she needed to keep her hand flat. We had a lovely walk around looking at the animals and then they went back to play on the hay. I sneaked off with Daisy to take a picture in the same spot as last year so I could capture a one year difference. It’s scary how much she has changed in just one year! 

At around 2:20pm we headed back to the coach for our trip home. 

Daisy had such an amazing day! She loved playing with her friends and being around the animals. 

School Admissions

So at midnight last night everyone got their email to tell them which school their child had got into. I waited up to check , midnight came and so did the email.. Thankfully Daisy got into her first choice! I was relived, I had half expected her to be accepted anyway as her older sister goes to the school and we live just over the road, had Lily not already been there the outcome could have been not so pleasant.

The second thing I did was stalk the other mums awaiting their yes or no answer on Facebook. The first parent wrote that her child hadn’t got in, the second also wrote that their child hadn’t got in, then third parent wrote that their child hadn’t got in.. I must have seen several disappointed Facebook status before seeing one parent posting that their child had got in.

I quickly realised that one of the parents lives on the same estate I live on, two streets behind my house to be exact and their daughter hadn’t got in! This most certainly meant Daisys best friend at nursery hadn’t got in either, she lived further away. I was heartbroken. I wrote a private message to her mum and said if she wanted any help with the appeal I’m here to help! I could see she hadn’t been active on Facebook for a few hours so didn’t await a response.

I laid in bed, I couldn’t sleep! I was so upset for all the parents that I’d seen hadn’t had their childs place offered to them. These were my daughters friends! Friends that she has such good close relationships with, they would be now be taken away from her. I guess I shouldn’t moan really, this could have been us without a place!

Eventually I fell asleep. I woke to a reply to the message I had sent. It was worse than I thought! Not only had she not been offered her first place, but she hadn’t been offered any of the choices she had requested. She had been offered a place at a school in a complete different post code! She was devastated. Heartbroken. Confused. Surly the point in the system is that you get at least one of the chosen choices. She had expected to possibly not get into her first choice. She didn’t live next door, she didn’t have any other children already attending the school but she did expect her second choice. Her second choice is a 5 minute walk from her house, it would be classed as her local school. She can see the school from her garden! It seems strange. We discussed her options over messages then I set of to school

Arriving at nursery with Daisy was just awful. So many sad faced parents. It seems that only children that had been offered their first choice were children with a sibling already in the school. I then learned that nobody had received their second, third or forth choice! I find that so strange! Has an error been made?

I believe the system needs to change, new builds are built with no additional schooling in our area on what seems like a regular basis. Since my eldest daughter Lily was offered her place 5 years ago, 3 estates have been built surrounding the estate in which I live. Where on earth are all those children supposed to go?

I hope for all the parents that were disappointed this morning either  grow to love their given schools, find alternatives or win on their appeals!

It makes me realise just how lucky we were!