Why I’m sad for the preschoolers following lockdown

I’m feeling a bit sad. I usually try to be upbeat but I am just plain sad about this.

Little L had his last day at preschool on Friday, apart from it wasn’t his last day. He last went in to preschool on 13th March as we took both children out of school a week before schools closed.

I can’t help but feel that the preschoolers have really missed out on a very special time in their development and lives. The time where they just learn through play. Make friends with anyone and everyone. Learn to share (or not). 

Preschool is the place where they can be messy with paint with their friends. They can run together in the garden in the rain and sun. They have a little summer fete and a sports day. But this years preschoolers were robbed of that. And, even if they didn’t go to preschool they likely went to a childminder or groups where children the same age could play together.

Not only did they not go into preschool but they missed out on those days out that they would normally enjoy

When Big L was at preschool we would have sneaky (not so sneaky really) days out to London, to museums, to the beach, to the local garden centres and even holidays while it was quieter (and cheaper) because the older kids were at school. 2020s preschoolers haven’t had that and it makes me really sad.

The thing is, although we have been allowed out they haven’t had any time to play with children of their own age. Yes, some have siblings, but it’s just not the same. Big L is 9 and has played very nicely with his little brother but he will share nicely. You don’t have the tussle that you get from younger ones where they are both learning the ropes of sharing. 

Little L has developed a love for Lego and Superheroes and plays for hours on end, even dressing up as one of the superheroes, complete with cape and mask. It would be so lovely if he was able to do it with a friend of his own age.

Two children dressed in costumes. One red spiderman and the other blue Captain America

So, I am really, really sad for him, and the others like him, who will now enter school having not had the chance to build those relationships and skills that those in the years before had. Or having had that last special holiday out of season, or trips to the zoo with their parents.

I know they aren’t alone and it couldn’t be helped. I know we did our best to keep them safe, and there are parts of lockdown we have actually enjoyed but I just can’t help being sad for what they have missed out on.

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