16 Apr 2015

Big Girl's Going To School

So my baby girl is going to school in September. We found out today that she’s been offered a place at our first choice primary school, and we couldn’t be happier.

To be honest, none of the three school options would have been a terrible outcome, as we are lucky that all three are based in our village, pretty much equidistant from our house, and all have good or outstanding Ofsted ratings as well as very good reputations among parents in the village. For me it was always a bit of toss-up anyway between our first choice and our second choice school, which I also really liked and which had a good vibe about it.

But as it happens, I’m extremely pleased that she did get into our first choice after all. Not only because it is one of the highest ranking state primary schools in the whole of the UK and I’d be stupid not to take that into consideration, but also because a number of her close friends from nursery are already at the school, so it will be great for her to see them again every day.

Also, most of her closest friends she currently hangs out with at pre-school will also be going to that school, which I’m really glad about. She’s made so many wonderful friends and relationships, and I’m so happy that she will be able to continue with these in a new setting and throughout her school years.

So whilst we’re preparing to set off on this new journey, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m also a teeny bit sad. I can’t actually believe that Becky, my first child, my beautiful baby girl, will be going to school. For real. In a little school uniform, her school bag in hand, she will be leaving behind the innocence of early childhood and entering a new phase.

I’m still struggling to get my head around the fact that in the UK kids start school so early. In Germany most kids start primary school when they are six or seven, so four seems very young in comparison.

But at the same time, I can tell that she is ready for school. She is so bright and smart and inquisitive and soaks up knowledge like a sponge, and sometimes I feel like I’m failing her for not pushing this more because work, household, family and just life in general get in the way. So school will be good for her, I know it, and I’m a lot less worried now than I was initially.

So yes, my little lady will be starting big school in September. And as much as it saddens me, I’m also looking forward to starting that next chapter with her and seeing her thrive. 

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