The time is coming close where I have the option to have a free nursery place for LO (enrolment is in December for the school year 2014/2015). LO would be almost 3 when starting in September next year. We live in Italy and children here go to preschool from the age of 3, 5 days a week from 8am until 2pm. To me this seems like far too much - for LO to go from being at home with me or with grandparents when I work to 5 mornings a week at school. There is no option, as far as I'm aware, for them to go for only a couple of mornings a week. It's either they go full time of not at all. I work in the afternoons so I'd be at home alone every morning twiddling my thumbs then LO would be with her grandparents in the afternoons while I work - I'd never see her! Is it just me or is this just way too much time at school for a 3 year old? It's not compulsory but most kids here go from when they're 3. I don't want LO to miss out on preschool but this just seems like too much IMO. What would you do? How often to do your LOs go to preschool/nursery?