This is going to sound really stupid. I'm probably over-thinking it. And I know that my son wouldn't be going to nursery until next September, that's 10 months away so he is bound to change before then. And I know every child is different. But. I'm starting to think about nursery (the 15hrs free/week), and I have to get A's name down now, so thoughts about his suitability are running around my head. He's got developmental delay and hearing loss, but his pre-schools advisor thinks it would be good to get him into (supported) mainstream pre-school based on his actual age. I'm looking around just randomly at Pre-School and Nursery websites, and some are listing a daily routine that includes "story time on the mat", a defined "snack time", and make no mention of "nap time". My son is a complete free spirit. At the moment, there's no way at all you'd get him to sit in one spot for 10 seconds listening to someone read a story (even if we had resolved his hearing problems), he'd be off to play with something. He eats when he's hungry, and he's not finger feeding yet, so lunch is most often a bottle of fortified milk. And he will nap when he wants, not to fit a schedule. How on earth is he going to manage at an organised Pre-School? Will someone keep trying to bring him back to sit on the mat to participate in story time? Will he be stopped from napping? There's certainly no way he could find his own photo on a "snack tree" to hand over to say that he's eaten. Is he really going to develop that much over the next ten months? I hate that it's a decision I have to think about now.