Today my little Miss B started pre-school - at the ripe old age of 4 years and 10 months!
A little late in the day compared to many other children but this is just the way things have panned out for my family.
As per usual with children, she took me completely by surprise, and rather than cling to me, wail with dispair and be an inconsolable blubbering mess as she has done on many many occasions, she smiled, was excited and thoroughly enjoyed herself.
To the point where upon my arrival at 1pm to pick her up (thinking a half day would be just about all she could handle for her first day) she told me she was about to have a 'rest' and that I should come back for her later! Which I did - lucky I only live a couple of minutes away!
But why you may ask?
Add into the mix the fact that Miss B can be p a i n f u l l y shy at times, is easily distracted and that the size of the Kindergarten classes at her future school average out at 30 pupils (don't get me started on this!) it was really a no brainer to allow her another 12 months to develop and mature before commencing her formal education.
This is just what felt right for her and for us.
But, BUT, Miss B will be five years old for a good portion of this year.
And although I think I have done a very good job of providing the opportunity for my kids to be well balanced, socialised and stimulated without going down the pre-school path but instead the Playgroup and Occassional Care path, I just felt that Miss B would need a little more stimulation this year then either I at home or either of these options could provide.
Can you tell her favourite colour is purple followed closely behind by pink?
So for one day a week this year I will be childless.
What to do, what to do?