Leader of Birmingham.pm [pm.org] and a CPAN author [cpan.org]. Co-organised YAPC::Europe in 2006 and the 2009 QA Hackathon, responsible for the YAPC Conference Surveys [yapc-surveys.org] and the QA Hackathon [qa-hackathon.org] websites. Also the current caretaker for the CPAN Testers websites and data stores.
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After the visit on Friday, Nicole got the impression the staff thought they'd made a good choice with DanDan. Thanks largely to Nicole's efforts he is quite advanced for his age. He can draw and paint pretty well, even holds the pencil right too. He can construct quite well thoughtout sentences and rarely has a problem getting his point across. A lot of frustration for kids is when they can't tell you what they want. Thankfully DanDan's language skills are quite adept. He's also very socialable, especially with the girls
Nicole on the other hand is anxious beyond belief. She doesn't like the idea that she now has to give him up to the outside world, and that she no longer will be the guiding light in his life. While I think she's done a wonderful job, I do think he is ready for the next stage. He's only doing a few mornings a week, so it'll not be too demanding for him or Nicole.
The biggest plus point about the nursery is that it's a Forest School. Every Wednesday, all year round, they take a trip into the woods to learn about the weather, the wildlife and among many other useful and fun things. Apparently it's an idea started in Denmark, and thankfully the nursery and school back onto the Lickey Hills and woods.
I was looking forward to all the news when I got home last night, but alas he had already gone to bed. So I got it all this morning. I asked if he wanted to go again, 'Yes I'm going on Friday'. After dropping him off, Nicole was quite disappointed that he didn't seem bothered she was leaving him. Another mum was astonished to discover this was the first time ever he had been left without a family member on hand. Her son had taken 4 weeks before she could finally leave him.
By all accounts he's settled in very well and made several friends. Parents evening should be interesting