But then in a later moment of sentimentality I realized that if I sent Simon to school 15 hours a week, that would be 15 hours a week of time I wouldn't be spending with my littlest dude. He's such a fun buddy, and did I really want to miss out on that? Fortunately that moment of sentimentality was short-lived and I realized that I would still have plenty of time with my little guy and I can't deny him this opportunity to get British education.
The Nursery School (American equivalent= Preschool) is part of Lucas Vale for all intents and purposes but also operates in it's own system as well. So Simon's start date was different than Cameron and Eli's start dates but came before Miriam's start date. I still haven't figured that all out, but I do know that they stagger-start the little kids to avoid having a classroom full of meltdowns for the first week.
Simon had an induction just like Miriam, where we went to the classroom and he met the teachers and some of the other children. He loved it, he jumped right in, he was happy. The plan for starting nursery is that on the first day the parents are allowed to stay for 30 minutes, then they must leave for 30 minutes and then come back and pick up the kid, for a total of one hour of nursery time. The second day parents can stay for only a few minutes and leave the child for 2 hours, and then by the third day, if the child is adjusting well the parents leave the him/her for the entire three hours.
Simon was so excited to start school on his first day. He does this funny thing when he is really excited where he takes deep gasping breaths, and stutters his words. It's adorable and hilarious. He did that the whole way to school, talking about what a big boy he was. My mom was still here so I left Miriam with her so I could stay in Simon's class for 30 minutes with him. But the minute we walked in he ditched his backpack and went on his way, never turning back. Needless to say I didn't stay for 30 minutes, and he waved to me on my way out.