Our Sheffield Council officer brings a weekly guide to parents and carers about how to put the issues of family life and education into practice
In the next week my youngest will turn three years old and, as is the way with all parents I am sure, I simply can’t believe she is that old.
It only seems like a minute ago that I was huffing and puffing my way through her entry into the world.
She is one of the only children I know who was actually born on her due date. And at a good time as well.
I didn’t even really begin to feel in labour until after I had dropped the other kids off at school and the childminder’s and contractions were far enough apart for me to be able to easily ring all the necessary people in case they were needed to help with the older two later in the day.
A call to the other half at work was more amusing. “So what do you want from me?” he asked completely straight-faced.
“Er…perhaps to come home?!” A short silence on the other end was finally ended with “Oh. Ok then. How long do you think it will be then?”
Clearly he had work to finish off.
That’s like asking how long a piece of string is, I answered tartly. He eventually sauntered through the door just a few hours before she arrived.
Despite it only being a short time in my mind since I had my youngest, I now find the talk at mums’ meetings has shifted from what are you feeding them or sleep problems to what school are you going to send her to.
I can’t really get my head round the fact my foetus is just a few months away from me applying for her schooling.
It has come around far too quickly.
But if you don’t get your forms in and correctly filled in you run the risk of not getting your preferred choice of school, so it is essential this is done and done in time.
Applications for primary places – entry to infants and juniors – are now being accepted by Sheffield City Council.
For more information visit: Information for parents/carers