So we've had 2x half-days of 'Orientation'.
Where I just sit back and observe.
Well, that's what I did anyway, it's not like I received any 'instruction' on what to do.
And now we've caught our first bug. Already. Great.
MC slept terribly last night.
I did notice the kid he was playing with on Wednesday was inconsolable, sobbing and miserable yesterday. I asked one of the staff about him and they said he was really sick and they were waiting for his parents.
By the time bedtime hit, MC was channelling this kid. GREAT.
I hope we're well enough to attend his first official day on Monday !!
Because I was left to my own devices and sort of wandered around on my own, I had the opportunity of quiet observation.
Should kids be supervised in the loos ? - you know, if they need help with the toilet paper or washing their hands ?
It seemed to be a bit lax, and one girls seemed to be there pantsless for ages, hopping on and off the toiley and looking a little lost, to be frank.
I had to really suppress the urge to run over and offer assistance.
Also, I am not a manic hygiene person - I think a bit of dirt and germ is good for the immune system .. but .. at the water cooler, I *think* there was *supposed* to be a system where clean cups were on the top rack, and when you drank from a cup, you were supposed to put in on the 2nd tier of the trolley ?!?!? But again, no supervision, and i'm pretty sure the cup my son chose was 'used'.
Considering his health this morning, i'm a bit 'hmmm'.
I will definitely ask about 'cup protocol' on Monday .. just so I can tell the boy .. because no-one else seemed to.
However, I do think this is a great place. There are tables set up all over the place with different activities on them. There are no rules about when you can paint or glue ... the kids just flit to whatever takes their fancy ( the dinosaur table ? the block building table ? the sticking table ? )
and go for it.
MC started a painting and a carer came up and wrote his name on his sheet, then reprimanded a little girl for not wearing a smock. But my son wasn't wearing one either. Then MC wandered off to do something else, and another smockless boy simply started painting over his artwork. Odd. Inconsistent.
I know they can't be everywhere, but I just felt vision was flawed at times.
It's not a cavernous space, and they were in the same proximity to 'trouble' that I was.
Nevertheless, I just KNOW the boy is going to LOVE it here.
We had a little 'not wanting to leave' tanty last night ( which was like, just FABULOUS .. not ! ;) and I doubt he'll have any qualms about me leaving him on Monday. In fact, when I explained yesterday we had to leave so mummy could go home and make him some dinner, he suggested maybe I should go home by myself and he'd stay there. Hmmm.
AB home today.
I should have some 'new gate' pictures later on this afternoon.
I am *loving* this handyman stage. He's so proud of himself !