Father’s Day is fast approaching and we to get a perspective through the eyes of a father. John is not only a Daybreak Daddy but his wife Sam Kingman also works at Rickmansworth Town Centre, Sam is Assistant Manager and Early Years Professional.
Sam and John had beautiful Charlotte in May 2015. Sam returned to work 4 days a week in January 2016, also bringing Charlotte to Nursery 2 days a week.
1) Hi John thank you for agreeing to our interview as a Daybreak Daddy! Firstly how is parenthood for you?
It was a steep learning curve for me but I love every moment of it. It has helped that Sam has experience so she’s led me in things I’ve not done before.
2) When baby Charlotte started at Daybreak how did you feel about her being at nursery? Did it help knowing that Sam was in office?
I was happy Charlotte started at nursery because I understand how important it is for children to socialise and learn new things from a young age. It did help knowing Sam was in the office at first as she could also keep me posted on how Charlotte was doing but after time it didn’t really make a difference as the team in her room have, especially her key worker, have shown how much they care for her.
3) Were you worried about Charlotte settling in ok and how easy was that process for you as a family?
I think Sam was more worried than I was but as a parent you’re always going to worry. I think it was slightly easier for me as I wasn’t there at the drop offs and I was unaware, as such, of the challenges we may have to go through for Charlotte to settle whereas Sam had seen it all before. The process itself was straightforward and we were informed of what progress she’d made at each settle day and things we could do to help the process. She now loves nursery and rarely wants to leave!
4) Do you think Charlotte benefits from being at nursery more so than she would at home or with a childminder?
Yes I think having children of her age around her helps to develop her social skills and she takes part in a variety of activities which helps develop her overall knowledge and understanding. I feel she benefits more from being at nursery then she would going to a child-minder or being at home.
5) Do you feel involved in Charlotte’s nursery life? If so how?
I didn’t at first, as Sam was there to keep an eye! But now I regularly read her daily diary and then try to help her overcome any issues she may have had e.g. not settling for sleep or not trying certain foods.