Last week I went out to the pre-school that I am 'helping' for the first time this term. It seems slow - to me who is always in a rush - but the place is settling down. I think that I should have been more aware of the fact that it is a new preschool when I started going there in February. I didn't really take it in that the children were still getting used to the environment and getting to know the teachers. Last week I saw that the children were much happier. The teachers have, I think, carried out the policy of only taking older children - there seemed to be fewer babies in nappies. There are some more structured activities.
It is still far, far, far away from where I would like to see it, but I think that progess is happening.