Even though it isn’t that long since she turned three, I have just applied for a primary school place for Molly for next September. I must admit, I am absolutely not ready for her to be in school. She is my baby. How am I already applying to schools for her? It’s seriously felt like two minutes since she was born. Well, apart from the days where she has tantrum after tantrum all day. Those days feel like years…
I am panicking about school already and she hasn’t even started yet. To be fair though, I think my reasons for worrying about her starting school are pretty valid. Molly is a summer baby and I am concerned that she won’t be ready for school.
Both Molly and my niece Jessica will be starting in the reception class next year. Jess was born in September, Molly the following July. The developmental gap between the two is more than noticeable. It is huge! Yet they are going to be in the same school year, possibly even the same class.
Jess is a fully fledged little girl and she keeps asking my sister if it is time to go to the big school yet. She is more than ready for it and I have no doubt she’d fit right in if she was to start right now. Molly, on the other hand, is still very babyish in a lot of ways.
I have seriously considered delaying her start. I’m at least 90% sure she will be absolutely fine and do really well at school. But there is still 10% of me that worries if it will be too much for her and that the pressure of it will affect her wellbeing.
Molly is a homebody and a typical introvert; even at her young age of three, that fact is very apparent. She really doesn’t like being around big groups of people or noisy environments. I don’t know how she will get on in a class of around 30 children when she only just manages a much smaller group size at nursery.
The academic side of school is obviously of the utmost importance, I don’t question that, but I have to consider my child’s wellbeing above all else right now. She is young with a very impressionable mind and I worry that if she has a bad experience at the start of her school life, she will be put off the whole school experience for the many years she will be there.
I do have a tendency to overreact and I am probably being really hasty with my thinking right now, but I can’t help it. I have tried to put my concerns aside, for now at least, and have applied for schools anyway. I’ll hold off on my decision of whether she does or doesn’t start next year until closer to the time. I will thoroughly discuss it with her nursery and health visitor too.
I know schools deal with this every single year and they will have measures in place to deal with the summer babies if they need any additional assistance. Speaking to some of Molly’s prospective head teachers about my concerns was actually really reassuring.
Will my Summer Baby be Ready for School? I don’t know! So, for the time being, I need to stop winding myself up with all the what if’s because we still have a few months to go yet. That is a lot of time for her to grow and my doubts may be irrelevant in a few months’ time anyway.
Do you have a summer baby? How did they find the experience? Was there anything you or the school did to make them settle into the school life?