On a typical open morning for the new children and their parents, everyone had a chance to meet me and their new friends and play together.
There was an amiable upbeat atmosphere to welcome the new intake.
A family attended with their gorgeous, friendly, polite, and bright little boy. He was trying to look happy and grown up in his new uniform, but you could feel his stress. His mom told me (in front of her son) how he was likely to cry; he didn't have any friends and didn't want to come to nursery as he was very nervous.
As they started the second week at nursery, he was still crying for what seemed like most of the morning, so I went to watch out for the little boy as he arrived to greet him and see what was happening.
He was sitting on his mother's lap in the cloakroom; mum was crying quietly and rocking him, clutched to her chest, saying.
"You have to go to nursery, or the Police will come and take mommy away."
I am sure you agree; it is not hard to see how this made her son nervous about coming to nursery.
After I had a quiet word with Mum, she started to think more positively about the nursery, making herself feel better.
Her behaviour changed, and she was optimistic with her son about going to the nursery, telling him to have a good time and paint her a picture while she went home to tidy up.
This ultimately helped her son settle quickly and be more confident coming into the nursery the next day