I had cause to use my sons school breakfast club for a week recently as due to the cutting of rural bus services I can now only get him there myself 45 minutes early. Generally he gets a lift in, and as he is in his last year I am loathe to move him to a closer school as it would be a shame to go through the upheaval when he would have to move again at the end of this school year.
Anyway, circumstances meant that for a few days I needed to pop him into the breakfast club, and actually it was great. He was a little anxious on his first day, but after that he was fine. It is a small group of kids, some days only 2 of them, and the most was 10. They have their cereal, toast, juice and a little chat - then pop off to their classrooms.
It was friendly and cosy. And at the end of the week the teacher in charge commented how much she would miss Max as he had been so helpful to the younger ones, and what a lovely considerate child he was- it is always a pleasure to hear nice things about your children!
I have been fortunate enough in situation that I have rarely had to rely on outside childcare, but this week has totally reassured me that if we needed to, it would actually be a pleasant option, rather than the 'workhouse' that my brain imagines in its darker moments.
I would like to go back to work at some point in the next year or two and such a positive experience makes me feel more comfortable at the thought of Syd using services like this from a younger age perhaps. We will see what life brings....
Back to normal this week. Max is getting a lift to school again, which means we don't have to scramble out of the house at quite such an early hour, but at least I know that I have a back-up plan that I am more than happy with if the situation arises again,