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To My Darling Girl at the End of Your First Year in Reception

To My Darling Girl at the End of Your First Year in Reception

I’m still in some kind of crazy shock that we are in July and literally only have a week until the end of the school year. The end of your first year in reception.

This is something that just makes me feel so sad. This year has been so based on play, on fun, making new friends, sending in a billion boxes, a super hero potato, evil peas, show and tell and other lovely ideas that have had you entranced. I know it all steps up a notch next year and I know you’re ready but it’s another milestone and another sign you are growing up (that and your stroppy mouth)!

I’ve been quietly and often quite vocally worried about you, through the whole year. I’ve been the Mum asking a million neurotic questions, the Mum wanting to get involved (thought I swore I would NEVER be like that!), the Mum who actually enjoys reading with you and the Mum who wants to get more involved next year when you move on.

I asked myself so many times before school: were we making the right decision sending our late August baby to school this year? Should we be waiting? Your nursery told us you were ready for school but of course you are never really sure about these things.

I still remember those days leading up to your first day. You seemed pretty chilled out about it all. You were excited about your summer dress, your Trolls cup and seeing what the food would be like. Your little friend was in your class and you went in all by yourself with no tears. I was so proud of you, whilst fighting back to tears myself. Apart from a few sleep niggles you settled in so quickly. I expected you to be exhausted and kind of hoped for a lie in which just never happened!

>I know you’re not the same little girl we see at home, at school. You don’t want to get in trouble and you keep quiet. They don’t see your crazy, loud nature, your stroppy side and your refusal to tidy anything up!! I’m kind of glad as I know you are a good girl and I know your confidence will grow as time passes.

You have learnt so much in a year. You can read and write which in itself astounds me but you’ve smashed it. You’ve learnt about other things; things I wasn’t sure about how to go about teaching you. We have never really talked about the different religions but you have learnt so much and I’m grateful for that. You tell me the funniest stories about what you have learnt and I know it’s all going in.

We made the right decision sending you to school this year. I’m so grateful that you have thrived and your teachers have made you comfortable, have taught you so much and have been so great whenever I have worried or stressed over something small. It’s the hardest thing as a parent giving someone else control over your child, being such a big influence and being the one to teach them and care about them.

I’m so proud of your my beautiful girl. You try so hard. You work so hard and I’m looking forward to watching you through Year 1, seeing how much more you learn and seeing how much more you grow.

Love you so much.



  1. July 18, 2018 / 8:15 am

    Ah Sarah that’s lovely! She sounds as if she has really thrived this year and for an August baby, good for her. Most August babies do take their time to get the hang of school but she sounds as if she was ready of she’s reading and writing already. Well done her. #bloggersbest

  2. July 18, 2018 / 9:14 am

    What a delightful PST and one to reflect on in years to come. It sounds like you made the right decision and that she has thrived in reception. Enjoy the school holidays.

  3. July 18, 2018 / 10:08 am

    They grow up way too quickly, she is so beautiful! It’s so lovely to reflect on the year too 🙂 #BloggersBest

  4. July 18, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    Lovely post 🙂 You have a beautiful daughter and you can see how proud you are of her in your writing. Time passes far too quickly – my oldest will be starting her last year of uni in September! #bloggersbest

  5. July 18, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    Aw, I love this! I’m so glad that she loved her first year and learned so much. I’m sure that next year will be even more exciting and adventure-filled! #bloggersbest


  6. July 18, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    Your daughter is super adorable!
    Here’s to an even more exciting year ahead!


  7. July 18, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    What a special post for you to look back on. It sounds like she’s thrived and really had a brilliant year. You sound so proud, hugs and hope you have lots of fab things planned for the summer holidays x

  8. July 19, 2018 / 2:48 pm

    Glad the Gremlin settled at school and had a great year. It’s hard for children born at the end or beginning of the school year. The August babies look so tiny while the September / October ones are more than ready and have to wait another year.

  9. July 19, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    She has had such a fabulous year, it’s lovely to read. As a mum of a new starter in September I am finding everyone’s end of reception year posts very comforting! #BloggersBest

  10. July 19, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    Beautiful tribute to a special girl and you shine out as a great mum too – the qualities we find in ourselves after becoming parents. Here’s to happy school days next year too #BloggersBest

  11. Pen
    July 19, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    What a lovely post. I am sending Cygnet to reception in September. I am nervous about it because Cygnet is an August baby – he will be 4 a couple of weeks before he starts school. I think he is ready and your post has reassured me that he will be okay. thank you. Pen x

  12. July 20, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    I can’t believe how fast the last school year has gone! One of my sons has just finished his year in reception too! He has changed so much. The first year of school really sets them up. #bloggersbest

  13. July 22, 2018 / 8:20 am

    Gorgeous girly and I bet she just loves school. I always find it funny that the school see a different version of the child we see at home, ha! I have got to finish my Alfie post but I find it hard to write, the year has gone so fast. Good luck in year 1 grem! #BloggersBests