Earlier tonight I was telling Hubbie how I would tell any new Mum, a Mum with young child, hell, even a parent who had a child that didn’t have the perks of what I’m about to divulge, about something unbelievably fantastic that they MUST have in their child’s school.
I would even encourage parents without this school perk to seriously consider moving their kids elsewhere.
But firstly, to explain… baby girl has been babied, all her life.
She’s had me picking her up from kinder and primary school, at the precise start and end time, every time.
With the start of primary school, Hubbie was thrown in the mix too, so that on Wednesdays he joined me in dropping her off and picking her up, and there has maybe been, um, 3 times that he’s had to get her that I wasn’t there…
But really, I have dropped her off/picked her up from school 99.99% of the time… Hubbie 0.01%.
But it’s always been US. 9:15 and 2:15 at kinder. 9:00 and 3:30 at school.
ON THE MARK.
But that ALL dramatically changed today. Because not only was she there for before school care… she was there at the start time of 6:45.
And if that wasn’t enough, that wasn’t even all. She was there for after school care for about 30 minutes as well.
Hubbie and I were stressing a bit, I won’t lie… but she was amazing. She got up on time, listened to us in the crazy morning rush, and by the end of the day when I picked her up, I felt like I was interrupting her… here was a hall full of 40 kids, all sitting around tables having healthy after-school snacks, with baby girl lining up to get her share!
She took a plate home though… too right, I paid for that half hour! 😉
But she seriously loved it.
It’s all fun and games for the little ones. And why wouldn’t it be? She was with friends, kids from her class, they got to eat breakfast in the morning, snacks after school, have a supply of movies, board games, colouring, games they played with the care teachers, they had really, EVERYTHING.
It’s a freaking holiday.
On her takeaway plate was some fruit, vegies, a pancake with jam, cheese and crackers, and as we got into the car I said “no fair, I want to go to after school care!”
“Nope, you can’t!”
Damn it. But quietly, YES.
So back to my main point. If you are looking at schools for your kid, look at which ones provide before and after school care. It’s a win-win. Your child has fun, they’re in a familiar place, and you get to be a human being and go to work and talk to adults.
Like I said, WIN-WIN.
BEST. THING. EVER.