dropped my 3.5 year old son off at nursery ,
his co-ordinater asked to have a word ,
she said she'd done some speech , hearing and visual tests with him .
it turns out he has a 2.5 stage score on the tests .
which basically means he is at the stage of a 2.5 year old ( HE'S 3.5 Y/O )
she shows us a photo copy of a stage progress / graph of how the children should progress .
now this girl teacher looks about 19 and apparently is still at college doing her training .
she tells us he says " boad " for boat ,,,, " waining " for raining etc .
also that he sits in groups circle activities but can lose concentration ,
and that when he was told to pick the larger item between a big teddy and a small car ...... he picked the car .
she advised that we should make an appointment with his health visitor regarding speech lessons and to help him concentrate .
when we rang his health visitor and she was shocked because ,
A ) the nursery should have brought the help in and they should not have asked us to do it through an outside source .
B) when we told her the issues , she basically said the nursery were over reacting and that loads of 3 year olds are at this stage .
the nursery staff surely can't be daft enough to think that every child will follow the photo copied chart .
Could the young trainee actually be naiive enough to think that if a child strays from the chart , he's got immediate problems and needs professional help ?
The health visitor , like we thought already , said that , not all children develop at the same speed .
the health visitor actually rang the nursery and must of given them a kick in the bum because the nursery later phoned us up saying that they could get the help brought in ..
My partner , Cathrine was actually in tears at being told our son was slower than other 3 year olds progress ..
but it's actually frightning that trainee teachers are making these possibly rash decisions and comments , that worry parents ,
and if we had not phoned a health visitor ,
we would not of known it was normal for some 3 year olds to lose concentration in group activities , he's 3 for gods sake , there's only so much stillness a child can do .
and that just because he picked a small car in a test for " big items " does not mean he doesn't understand ...... it just means he prefers small cars to big teddy bears ..
Any way , we have got him some extra help .
Rant over + off chest . ....... Have A Nice Friday Everyone .