Renfrewshire Council

3 Bears Nursery child Charlotte

Blog: Nursery has boosted my daughter's confidence

Sarah Kelly is mum to Charlotte, 4, who goes to 3 Bears Nursery in Renfrew.

Charlotte started getting 1140 hours of early learning and childcare (ELC) last August and is in nursery four days a week. Since she started getting extra hours, I've seen a big change in her. She is much more sociable and has gained a lot of confidence.

I think it is important that children get their own independence and can self-lead their own learning. Charlotte used to go to nursery just for the morning, but it can take a while for kids to warm up to being in nursery. Having the whole day has made a big difference.

What it has meant for me is that I have been able to pick up an extra day at work, giving me more money in my pocket. I also don't feel guilty about Charlotte spending extra time at nursery because she loves it so much and we make more time to do something exciting when we are all together.

There are many nurseries in Renfrewshire, but I decided on 3 Bears Nursery in Renfrew because it has a good reputation and one of my friends also recommended it. You can visit the nursery you want your child to go to before you apply and see the learning experiences that go on in there.

I believe nursery is an important part of growing up and helps children get ready for school. These increased hours are a big part of that preparation.

Charlotte also enjoys being a helper at nursery now that she is older, and this has also improved her interaction skills. I can't praise 1140 ELC enough.