A budding Picasso?

Dear Elliot,

This week we were invited in to your Nursery for a meeting with your Key Worker, Diana, for us to see your Learning Journey and hear how you are getting on.

We have been so pleased with the Nursery so far, you are really settled there and although you are only there for 2 days a week you are really making friends with staff and children alike. We very rarely have tears when we drop you off and it was great to hear that you are always taking an active part in the activities they organise for you.

Your Learning Journey

The staff in your room – Toddler 1 – make frequent observations of all the children and record them in a folder. These are categorised as per the Early Years Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum. It seems a lot of work for the staff, particularly at this age, but it does give us as parents a fascinating insight into your development, with a few giggles along the way.

The following are a selection of your masterpieces so far:

“Strawberries”

“Fish”

“Cars”

Your report was really good. Diana was very impressed with how you are getting on with other children and your developments so far. We’re all very relieved that you have finally bitten the bullet and started walking!

Lots of love

a very proud Mummy xxx

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Six months in one blog!

Six months in one blog!

In case you’ve not kept a note Elliot, since my last blog the following has happened:
1 – In November I went back to work, in a new role which is really exciting and will hopefully be made permanent sometime soon (this means my days of travelling the globe are done but now you’re around I’m happy with that!)
2 – as a consequence of 1, you’ve been in nursery 2 days a week since October and with your Grandparents for 2 additional days. This is working really well. After a couple of months in the baby room you moved up to Toddler 1 and are loving the fun and games that go on there. Nursery has taught you how to feed yourself – which you are now excellent at, and you’re so nearly there on the walking! I can’t wait for those first steps! You are also developing a good set of gardening skills (see picture!)
3 – you turned one in December, my dear lovely boy. You’re growing up so fast.
4 – we took a holiday to France last month (April) and you loved all the food- especially sneaked bits of Mummy’s chocolate crepes and ice creams! The first of many family holidays, it was fabulous to spend an entire week with you!
5 – you’re going to be a cousin really soon- little one due this month. Hope they have as much fun and enjoyment as we’ve done. It has been lovely to pass on your baby things for them to use. You’ll have to teach your little cousin how to do lots of things, I really hope you’ll be the best of friends despite the distance.

Lots of love
Mummy xxx

Tooth #4 is through!

To Elliot,

So, you now have 4 teeth!

It’s amazing watching you grow though I’m sure I’m not the only mother fighting time on this one – half of me wants you to always be reaching the next stage, wondering what it will be like when you crawl, walk, talk, skip and run, whilst the other part of me just wants to stop time right now so I can just sit and look at you, to have enough time to study your face all over and file that image in the cabinet in my brain marked “Elliot” before you grow and change, so that in years to come I can recall this very moment and all I think and feel and wish for you right now.

You start nursery soon as I am going to return to the world of work. We must all move on from our wonderful year of getting to know each other and what it’s like to be a little family. I am excited, and nervous, about what the next stage has in store for us! Roll on tooth #5!!

Lots of love and cuddles,
Mummy xxx