Advice on changing schools?

Jodie - posted on 01/04/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 4 year daughter is currently at nursery, she started January 2011 but we're moving house on in about a week, and she is due to start back at school this Monday after the Christmas holidays. The School where we are moving to is ringing me back on that same day to see if they can get her in that nursery, but I don't know whether to send her back to her other school, I don't see the point in her going back to just get all settled with her old friends and then have to move schools not long after, but then I also understand that she needs to go to school and that she may or may not get a place at this new school. I just don't know what to do.

Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks in advance x Jodie x

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Carrie - posted on 01/05/2013

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I don't know if this is extremely helpful, but I"d talk with your daughter about it and see what she thinks. What hurt me the most changing schools is that I felt I had no control over the timing of the situation, and wasn't included in any understanding of it - made it difficult to function as a child. Although it'll work out either way, I think it might benefit your daughter to feel that her feelings is considered through all of this. Moving is a big thing, and I think the timing that she picks will help her a lot (whether it's waiting till next year to move, or moving now. it'll give her time to prepare emotionally for it).

Watching children grow up, I've learned they can really take on a grown up approach if only they were given a chance to. Just keep in mind that the talk should be kept quiet, understandable, and two sided. A one sided approach'll end up just dominating the conversation and result in only one persons decision anyway. You can help this out (if you need to) by taking turns talking and listening to each other, and asking questions to make sure both sides heard each other if necessary. I find a one on one talk is most preferred for situations like this.

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