Off to school.

A week ago we received our confirmation email about Big Knight’s school placement.

It felt like an eternity ago that we applied and as the day creeped up my stomach was in knots. We had applied for 3 schools, all in our catchment area, but had actually only been on a visit to our 1st choice as our tour of our 2nd choice school was cancelled due to the snow. We just thought we’d worry about looking at the other schools if it came to it.

We were in love with the school we had chosen though. She already attends the preschool so I was desperate for her to stay there to make the transition a bit easier and hopefully stay with some of her friends. We then went on a visit around the school with the head teacher and we had such a great feeling from it; great outdoor space, bright classrooms, lovely staff etc etc. It just had everything that we wanted and we felt like she could really thrive there.

So Monday FINALLY rolled around and I spent the morning refreshing my emails like mad. Like, I’d go to put the kettle on, check emails, get a tea bag, check emails, walk 5 steps to the fridge, check emails… you get the idea! I was driving myself insane so I quickly bundled us up and went into town.

Just like how a watched pot never boils, sure enough after we’d been playing in the library for half an hour, I checked my phone and there it was. I felt a bit sick but gathered the kids up so I could read it without losing them!

She was in.

I did a little happy dance in the middle of the library! I was ecstatic! It’s hard accepting that my big girl is already going off to school but at least I know that she’s going somewhere where she will flourish and be happy. I called my husband at work and then we went to buy celebratory cakes.

I know that during this term, she’ll be going into the Reception class and meeting the teachers and just getting to know the new surroundings which will make such a difference in September. Big Knight gets so anxious about anything new so we’re talking about it a lot and trying to build the excitement. I’ll also get some books for us to read together as they seem to really help her.

So there we go. Soon it’ll be time for uniform buying and parents evening! Please let me know if you have any tips or stories about settling children into school. Big Knight only turns 4 in July so she’ll be really young so I want to help her to be as prepared as possible… I’ll make sure I buy her some really easy school shoes!

Also, I want to make the most of the next few months so let me know if you have any suggestions of things that we should be doing or things that you have planned, like a summer bucket list!

Thanks for reading,

Knight Mummy x

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