Nursery worker shares annoying things parents do from PJ drop offs to gossip

Parenting can be a difficult task – it’s constant, there are no breaks and you’re often totally exhausted.

Due to the fact that most of us have to work to pay for our children to have lovely lives nursery is often an essential. And, dropping the kids off is a weekday ritual for thousands of parents up and down the country.

Meaning that nursery nurses play a big part in the lives of British kids – they know them well and are there to be a team with parents.

Unfortunately, there are some things parents do which a nursery nurse has dubbed annoying – are you guilty of them?

Sharon Birch, the owner and founder of Footprints Learning for Life nursery in Hartlepool, spoke to Fabulous and detailed the habits she wishes parents would kick.

And, yes, wearing pyjamas at drop off is one of them…

Preparation is key

Firstly, dropping off your children in pyjamas is a big no-no in her eyes as it's not a good luck and doesn't foster self-esteem or respect.

In February, a study linked working in pyjamas with poor mental health so it seems there's something in the nursery owner's comment.

Plus, a headteacher in Ayrshire begged parents to smarten up for the school run last week.

Sharon commented that if you're in a rush and don't have time to dress your kids then you can drop them off with clothing and the nurses can dress your little one when they're settled in.

Sharon also stated that it would be better if all parents provided spare clothes when sending little ones off to nursery.

She told the Sun: "Nursery is all about messy play, enjoying activities like painting, gloop, mud, sand, water, and going outside in all weathers – no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.

"Please don’t forget comforters like dummies and blankies, those important things that help soothe your child, especially at sleep time."

When dropping them off

Next up, Sharon noted that hanging around after your child has been dropped off is not good. It can upset you and your child and it’s better to be brief and leave so that you don’t increase their anxiety.

But, you should always say goodbye to your little one instead of sneaking out when they’re not looking.

Sharon commented: "Children look to see if their parent has left and when they notice, fear that you’ve gone is reinforced.

"Young children depend on their parents for managing their emotions, and get security and courage from their parents, and if they see you’ve gone without saying goodbye, it can instil anxiety."

Sharon also said that parents shouldn't gossip with staff or other parents at the school gate.

Be more organised

Sharon said that you should always tell your child’s nursery if they’re unwell.

She commented: “We understand parents have busy schedules, but it’s important to let us know if your child has been out of sorts.

"It’s especially important to tell us if they’ve had medication because, although we have tight controls in nurseries for medicine administration, we do give paracetamol.

"We will have to contact you during your busy working day if we don’t know when they last had medicine, making your child suffer longer.”

And, you must let them know who is picking your child up as safety protocols mean they cannot release kids to someone other than their parents or authorised adult.

Nobody wants to keep the staff at work after hours!

Sharon also said that parents should check their children’s bags as they sometimes contain soiled clothes and even bits from around the house.

She noted that she once found a used condom in a baby’s nursery bag. Gross!

Are you guilty of any of these nursery faux pas? Tell us in the comments…

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