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Choosing A Nursery For Twins And Multiples


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How do I choose the right nursery for my twins?

Choosing a Nursery is an important milestone for your twins. It teaches them about separation and encourages sustained play, something which is important for twins as they often have a shorter attention span than singletons of the same age.

Preschool is often the first regular time twins will spend away from you so it important to choose a place that is capable of encouraging growth and development in both of your twins. It is important to find a preschool that is able to continue to develop their separate identities, as it is very easy for all of your hard work to be undone at this age.

Take the time to visit as many preschools as you can. Speak to the staff about your twins and ask if there are any other multiples at the preschool and how they treat them.

Help the staff at the preschool to distinguish between each of your children by dressing them differently. Wearing their hair differently is another good distinguisher to help the staff, although this is easier for girls than for boys. Stress to the staff the importance of addressing them by their individual names, rather than lumping them together as ‘the twins’ as this will be detrimental to the development of their separate identities.

Should I send my twins to separate preschools?

It is possible even at preschool age to separate your twins, either by sending them to different preschools or sending them to the same preschool at different times. Bear in mind that being separated from you and their twin is likely to be very traumatic, not to mention the logistics and extra work involved in this arrangement for you.

Nothing is fixed in stone at this age. Once both of your twins have settled into their preschool you can try giving each of them one session alone and the rest together; this allows you some time to yourself and a few hours each week to give each twin one to one time. If it doesn’t work out, you can simply go back to the old method.

Dr Carol Cooper, GP

Author of Twins and Multiple Births

All information used in this article was sourced from:

Cooper, C., 2004. Twins and Multiple Births. 2nd ed. Chatham: Vermilion

 

10697 Reviewed November 2012

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