Category: Culture

When should your child start nursery?

For most parents, the question is not as simple as it sounds. Depending on the family circumstances and the personality of the child, parents tend to decide on the right age to send their child to the nursery. Since the Government funds nursery for children aged 3-4, most parents consider it the right age to start nursery.

Many children are ready for a nursery at a younger age and there are various factors that influence the same. Often younger siblings start nursery at an age which is younger than when their big brother or sister did. Some parents consider children as young as two to start nursery and begin by sending them to music groups and dance classes. On the other hand, some children are only ready for it when they turn three. Children who cling to their parents become insecure and clingier if sent to the nursery at a young age. It is ideal to wait for children to turn three and gain higher emotional needs as well as confidence before starting the nursery; it will be an enjoyable experience for the parents as well as the child. If the child is responding positively to the changes, it could be the right time to begin with nursery, even when they are younger than three. There should be no pressure on the family to make this decision.

For working parents, nursery is an absolute must. The parents who have to return to work immediately will look for nurseries at an early stage. One cannot hold down the job in order to provide for the family and the decision to start a nursery should not be taken lightly. There are various nurseries that offer a secure and excellent environment to the children. There are also benefits received by the child by joining a nursery. It allows them to interact with other children and socialize. Private nursery in Kensington offers a number of opportunities to try new food, experiences and games which will pave way for the school. It totally depends on the age and behavior of the child. With children who constantly need their parents around, starting a nursery at an early age will be difficult. Whereas children who enjoy being in the company of other children and are happy to try new experiences, they will thoroughly enjoy a nursery.

It is important that parents need time off too and nursery will allow the same. There is no strict age to start a child in nursery, all children are different and they come from different family background. The parents should take their time and think over it. Every nursery promises to take excellent care of the child and to provide them with a secure and friendly learning environment. Although 3 is considered as an ideal age to start a nursery, there should be no pressure on the child or the parents to do the same. They can send children younger than 3 or even older than 4 to start a nursery. It is important that the child is comfortable and feels secure at the nursery.

The ideal Holmes show: Sherlock lives again at the Museum of London

The first exhibition devoted to the detective for 60 years is a joyous celebration of the sleuth in all his guises. Click above to watch Ian McKellen on Holmes, and the second tab for our interactive map (phone app users go to thetimes.co.uk/arts)

Continue reading

AA Gill reviews Sackville’s, London W1

Critics, unlike postmen, only ring the once. One visit per hospitable incarnation. If you get a new owner or a new chef, maybe you get a second go. Most places are happy with the one, like an inoculation. Either it was good and they get a pull quote for the website, or it was bad and they’d rather not repeat the experience. The week after my review of the Chiltern Firehouse, the owner saw me at a party, spread his arms, and said: “Is that it, then? Can we be friends now?” It is. We can. I’ll never have to tell you what I think about your food ever again.

Continue reading

Hotel restaurant graced by royals gains Michelin star

A London restaurant that has been a favourite for royalty throughout its 105-year history has been awarded a Michelin star, despite refusing to serve “poncey” food.

Continue reading

Five of the best: travel kits

Look your best on the plane and speed through airport security with these miniature kits in your hand luggage

Continue reading

Long Weekend: London

Black cabs, red buses, grey skies… welcome to London

Covering over a thousand square kilometres with almost 8 million people, it’s hard to know where to start exploring a mega-metropolis like London. Taken as a whole, the city seems brash, noisy and impenetrable. But when you break it down, borough by borough, the real character shines through. From East End market traders on Roman Road, the oldest trade route in Britain, to the oh-so-chic (and expensive) fashions of Chelsea, every area – every street, even – has its own story to tell.

Continue reading