Hush little baby, don’t you cry
Tomorrow, I will be working with a group of children who are new to the centre, and new to me. It is a 3 year old group. They are little.
We have a good set up. Qualified staff. Small group. Excellent ratio. Full access to a lovely outdoor area. Varied resources. Freedom to respond to the children.
some of the children will be upset
some of them are scared
they do not want to be left there, in that strange place, with those strangers
I know they are likely to learn how to separate
and how to be happy at kinder.
But part of me wonders whether we should be pushing it
while they are so not ready.
It never feels right to make a child cry.