The first time you trust your precious little one with someone other than a family member or friend is heart-wrenching. Anyone who has been through it knows it’s the parents who suffer the most, not the child, as after the first initial cry when you leave, they are usually swept away into someone’s caring arms to have some fun. I highly recommend when you get home after drop off to have a very large chunk of something scrumptious and a cuppa on the ready and a gorgeous friend to enjoy it with.
The one thing that will take some stress away is to make sure you have a checklist of everything you will need. This can be great fun and instead of becoming a chore, you can take your time to tick all the boxes and sit back and feel rather smug and happy with yourself when it’s complete. Whatever you do, don’t forget to label all those items, so that when you have gone to all that effort and expense, they don’t get lost.
This is a checklist of clothes you will need. The darker the colour the better! Also, a spare set is always worth leaving in case of messy play!
Joggers – Leggings – T-shirts – Jumpers – Cardigans – Coat – Hat (Both summer and winter) – Gloves – Scarf
Other items you will want to take and label are: -
Backpack – If they are still using nappies, wipes and cream you will need a changing bag – Footwear – Wellies – Waterproof gear – Favourite toy or comforter – Milk, drink, snacks or packed lunch – Sun cream – Medicine if applicable
You will find that each child usually gets their own peg or cubby hole with their name and picture on it. This is great as you can often match the image onto your label so there is familiarity and at those early stages, a picture is easier to recognise than a name.
If they are taking medication or have an allergy, we have special labels to help make this clear to everyone and give you peace of mind. If you want something that you can’t find on the website, a simple call and chat and we will make it happen!
Snack pots, lunch boxes and bottles are also essential to label, especially if you have special dietary needs. The fear of your child drinking or eating something that will make them poorly or even worse have a fatal reaction will be eased if everything is clearly labelled.
Job done! We will be thinking of you and sending a virtual hug on those first days of starting Nursery, Playgroup or a Childminder and we thought we would share with you one of our favourite rescue remedy recipes to share with that friend x
Break your diet Brownies
Makes 12 large brownies
180g dark chocolate
260g caster sugar
3 large eggs
80g plain flour
50g cocoa powder
200g Galaxy milk chocolate, roughly chopped
1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees (fan), 200 degrees, gas mark 6 and line a brownie tin with baking paper. Let the paper fall over the edge so that you can use it to lift the cake out later.
2. Break up the dark chocolate and put it into a glass or metal bowl with the butter. Gently melt until smooth. Let it cool slightly.
3. Separately beat the sugar and eggs with an electric whisk until creamy, then fold into the chocolate mixture.
4. Sift the flour and cocoa over the whole lot and mix in with a big metal spoon.
5. Finally, fold in the chopped-up chocolate pieces. Pour into your dish and bake for 30 minutes.
6. Leave to cool completely before lifting out, using the lining paper as a sling. Cut into squares. The size is up to you.
7. Serve warm with vanilla ice-cream.