nursery - worth the cost
Nursery – Worth the cost?

Whilst pregnant with Munchkin, Natalie and me made the decision to tour the local nurseries and decided nursery care is for us. We both wanted to continue working but wanted to give Munchkin the best start in life. Nursery can cost a pretty penny, but is it worth that cost?

Even before Munchkin was born

We discussed, toured the local nursery options and decided nursery was for us months before Munchkin was born. We want to give him the best start and the best balance of different inputs to his education and development.

We knew we would have to return to work after maximizing and stretching out our funding benefit by using shared parental leave. See our post on that here. With Mummy, being a teacher and having the summer off, she could hand her leave to me to start in September and keep the government payments up to 12 months of age. One year old still felt young to take to nursery, but he settled in fast and immediately loved each day.

A tiny poppet when he started nursery


We decided nursery, albeit expensive, nursery gave Munchkin the best balance. Both my and Natalie’s parents each wanted a day with Munchkin so he would have 2.75 days at nursery a week. This would give four different inputs, with nursery, us as parents and both sets of Grandparents which I believe gave him the best benefit with different.

Cost and Support

Parents with low income, or claiming certain benefits can get help with childcare from 2 years old. For working parents, the government knocks tax off the cost deducting 20%. That said, our 2.75 days would vary month to month, depending on the number of weeks and holidays. However, this would range from £350 to £550 (£280 to £440 using tax free childcare) making some months tight at times.

From 3 years old, working parents get up to 30 hours free childcare in term time. It was a long time coming but we finally made it.

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The Benefit

Each day he is at nursery he comes back full of energy with new stories to tell, ideas and games to play. They nurture and develop his love to learn letters and numbers, read and sing, give him time to pursue his own enjoyments whilst giving him new opportunities and teaching new skills. He comes back and talk about the friends he’s made and who he plays with each day.

Nursery document his development and update us at the end of the day, and with development reviews on Tapestry, so we feel very much in the loop. They hold events to meet parents too, so local parents can say more than just the ‘Hey, how are you’ in the mornings.

I am thankful to them for the amazing little man Munchkin has become. It’s expensive but I think when you take in the benefits to their development, its worth every penny.

What are your thoughts on Nursery childcare?

Thanks for reading,

Daddy and Munchkin

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The Next 2 Me to Nursery Transition

The time to move have his nursery transition and move into his and big boy cot, which could be feared by some, came at 9 and a half months old. This may seem late, but tied in nicely with the move from our Munchkin breast feeding in the evening and throughout night to purely bottle fed. A change which made us happy parents as this was the first solid week he also slept through the night. Phew. At last!!

We followed the advice on this one, moving the next 2 me slowly on a journey from bedside to his Nursery. Day by day, for a week (and a bit…).

It started by moving to the bottom of the bed with the side up and… this was a normal night ?. We were worried, being sleep related and being knackered new parents, that any change would upset him. Thankfully it was all good so far.

Then moved closer to the door for two nights. Phew, we breathed a sigh of relief, still fine.

On day four it was the new room. You can imagine this being the biggest of changes. It probably has a different smell, different acoustics, and a different pattern the lights make on the ceiling. Some adults don’t like sleeping on holiday for these very reasons. It must be crazy for a baby at 9 and a half months.

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Munchkins new cot in his woodland nursery.

We got through to 3 am in sweet slumber but at 4 am Munchkin woke. Half an hour of rocking though and he was back to sleep. This wasn’t anything we weren’t used to. And this is exactly all I thought was different…

Day 5 he went down at 7pm to wake at 8:40pm. ‘This is what he keeps doing’ I’m told. I was none the wiser. ‘He wakes, has a little moan for a bit then gets back to the land of nod’.

Well that’s news but its all good, apart from this time, he didn’t go back to the land of nod. We believed it was down to the demon of night poos! So after a change and little rock and all was sorted and he was sleeping again.
Sleeping again for a whole, maximum of, 10 minutes. So we rocked again and he slept. He woke again, we rocked, he slept again. This pattern continued until the final rock to sleep At 11pm. Exhausted we rocked him, went to bed ourselves and, luckily he slept through the rest of the night.

The next step was the big cot! This came on day 7 after a another reasonably rocky day 6. This made us nervous. Very nervous. Especially after the madness of days 5 and 6. But in this big cot, with lots of space to roll and wake, there was not a single peep!

The cuteness of a sleeping Munchkin.

And to this day he sleeps like an angel. We think he just teased us with a few bad nights ?.

Hope the transition went/goes well for you when its time for your little one.

Thanks for reading,

Daddy and Munchkin

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