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.

And yet

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

without Mum.

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

now

while they are so not ready.

It never feels right to make a child cry.

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One response to “Hush little baby, don’t you cry”

  1. Jenny says :

    I was just thinking the same thing today. Most of our new 3’s are doing well, but a couple seem quite lost and sad. You try to do what you can but really, all they want is mum.

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