This week was a big milestone for us, Ethan started the school based 4 year old kindy program! He has been very excited about "big boys school" for a while and we have been counting down since Christmas for this day to arrive!
School in WA is a little different to what we knew from NZ, there are 3 year old kindy programs, 4 year old kindy programs, pre primary, then years 1 - 13. Entry into each "year" is based on when in the year kids are born. Ethan was able to start 4 year old kindy this year as he was born between 1 July 2010 and 30 June 2011 (so he will be one of the youngest in his year). For this kids form 1 July 2011 (not much younger than Ethan), they wouldn't be eligible for the 4 year old Kindy program until next year.
Kindy at Ethan's school is a 5 day fortnight, so he attends every Thursday and Friday and every second Wednesday. His daycare also runs a kindy program, however at $100 a day compared with around $500 a year for public school, the choice was a no-brainer for Ethan to head off to the school based program!
Yesterday was Ethan's first "day" (it was only 8.40 - 11.00 - he won't have his full days until next week). Ethan was up in the 5's and school doesn't start until 8.40 so we still had hours to wait yesterday morning! But when it was time to go Ethan was pretty excited!
We tried to get some family photos but no luck of getting any nice ones as we actually didn't leave enough time in the end!
Here Ethan is at the entrance to school, this is where he will spend the next few years!
Ethan was quite excited when we finally got into the classroom! I think that he was most impressed with the interactive whiteboard!
It seemed like I had barely dropped him off when it was time to pick him up again! But he had a good day and is looking forward to going back again today!
Charlotte also went well (I was worried about the drop off and pick up times working with her sleeps. Yesterday she slept until 7.45, we dropped Ethan off at 8.40 - 9.00, came home and Charlotte was back down for her sleep by 9.25. She then woke up in time for Ethan's pick up at 11am. I was pleased as I didn't have to wake her. So all in all it was a successful first day!