One of the children had actually enrolled last Fall but he was very young, not even 14 months yet and when he came to visit he was still crawling primarily and in the dumping/putting everything in his mouth stage. So it was decided that perhaps he would wait a while and come back later in the year. His family decided to wait until this school year and I was so pleased to hear his mom tell me she was very glad they had waited...I was as well, he was so together this morning, he knew to put objects back in the baskets on on the trays when he was finished using them, he could drink from his cup all on his own, he was very purposeful in his work and the important part, he was comfortable moving away from his mom and interacting with me. I was so glad for him as this is what the experience is supposed to be for the child at any level, positive and full of successes!
The other child is almost two and a half; she has been at home with a Nanny her entire life but has two older brothers that are school aged. Apparently she has been very sad that they have been leaving in the mornings for school and she has not so her mom said that she was up, dressed and waiting with lunchbox in hand at the door at 8 o'clock this morning. She was too was very comfortable in the community, very verbal, already using the toilet successfully and loved exploring the room. Both children loved having the sinks at their level and spent a great deal of time washing hands and getting drinks. Most of the children are like this for the first week or two until the novelty wears off, we send home a lot of wet outfits : )
So tomorrow they will come visit for another short time without parents, I think both will be fine. Tuesday when we add the other eight children; two of whom have been home all summer, one that was in and out sporadically and one who was out for the last two weeks of summer after surgery, we will see how they react then. I am already prepared for a lot of separation sadness and lots of nervousness from parents and children alike. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is not as hot as it is this week so that if necessary we can spend those first few days enjoying our outdoor environment.