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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Meet: My Joyful Broken Heart

Sometimes you meet someone, even for a brief time, and they leave an impact on your heart and in your life. Jules is such a person for me! She's BEYOND inspiring and I'm so thankful she is sharing part of her story here for you all today! Be sure to visit her blog: My Joyful Broken Heart...you will get sucked in and unable to stop reading :) 




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I am often asked for my story, people are intrigued that I am here, at 30, living life as a single, adoptive/foster mom. For me the story is rather simple, I saw a need that I could do something about, so I did. The seed was planted in my soul, after years of watering, it was ready to sprout.

My journey has been a long one coming, from a young age adoption was written on my heart. As a child I would secretly hope that someone would leave a baby on my doorstep, I was intrigued and inspired by stories of people in third world countries opening their homes to orphans, collecting them from boxes on the streets and raising them as their own. I grew up in a home where our door was always open, friends were always over and holidays were a mix of blood and non-blood “family.” My parents first and unknowingly instilled in me a heart for foster care, I watched them open our home and love well.

Early December 2014, what I assumed would be a pretty typical week. Sunday, we had a guest speaker at church, she was talking to us about foster care on behalf of a local ministry. Monday, I pass by a billboard asking me to become a foster parent. Tuesday a radio ad about becoming a foster parent. Wednesday meet someone new, they happened to be a foster parent. Thursday meet another set of foster parents. Friday, finish the week out nicely with an article in the paper about foster care and the great need in our community. I have learned something key in life, when I notice a common theme I slow down and pay attention.

I noticed the theme but what I was supposed to do with it? I was single, had a fun job which meant I didn’t make money and did I mention single? There was something there and I just couldn’t shake it. The following week while having coffee with my friend, Keeva, I briefly mentioned the fact the foster care kept coming up. She shared with me that she had a friend who had stepped into the life of a single foster mom a few years before, she fanned the flame that was flickering in my soul.

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Feeling inspired, that night I went home and began to research the foster care laws for my state and discovered:

I had to be at least 21 years old.
Not on the sex offender registry.
Prove that I had some kind of steady income.

Check. Check. Check.

They didn’t disqualify me for being single, but I sure did. I decide to press in, not being able to shake the feeling that I could do something for this world. I went to an informational meeting and the next thing I knew I was enrolled in classes and well on my way to a license. Could I do this? I was more than qualified, the things I assumed disqualified me, did not. The things I viewed as inadequacies were not in fact shortcomings but realities, things I only needed to work around. I was beginning to realize that I did in fact have the tools I needed, singleness being one of them.

The classes are a combination of scare tactics, designed to weed out potential predators and/or people who just aren’t ready for fostering and a ton of self reflection homework, revealing to us our own needs and strengths. As someone who loves self reflection, I was ready. The information was not surprising to me, I watched our full class of a dozen couples (and me) dwindle to 3 families at the end. The three of us stood together on the last day, unsure of what was to come.

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My classes finished up and I began receiving calls for placements. They pair up your preferences with kids who need homes in the system, you get a call once they find a match and it goes something like this:

“We have a 8 year old boy who needs a home. Looking like a 3 month placement. Has the following behaviors (insert laundry list of flaws that the child has). Would you like to accept this placement, do you have any questions?”

So you make a decision, quickly based on a list of flaws of a stranger, you know is hurting. I am given the chance to talk with a worker who has worked with the child in order to get more information and I am also allowed to meet the child but in the end you have no idea what you are getting yourself into.

I got my feet wet with respite, temporary care usually just a few days to weeks. I took in a sibling group of three, 10, 7, and 5, their current foster home had been damaged in a storm and they needed to be placed somewhere else for a few weeks. Those three weeks, were a reality check, my life was changing drastically, think a fish flopping around out of the water. We survived and actually enjoyed each other, I was able to see them occasionally over the year until they were returned home. My respite kiddos got picked up on a Wednesday and I received a call for another sibling group 7, 5 and 3, my crew. I picked them up on Thursday, you can read about our first night together here.

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We endured two years of foster care together, the ebb and flow, changes, questions, fears, tears, visits and court hearings. Those years changed us, we fought the hard battle and in hindsight I didn’t realize just how tired we were from fighting until the termination came through.

March of this year, the court order finally read termination, the fight was over. The bittersweet reality that the rights of two parents are severed and given to me, the line that once read birth mom’s name, was replaced with mine.

On May 12 we made our adoption final, we stood before the judge and a room full of our loved ones and declared forever to be a family. That was the moment we all sighed relief, the moment my kids really began to heal, change and feel safe. The moment we knew that nothing would ever separate us, we were a forever family.

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Now that my crew has the security they have longed for we continue to open our home to foster care. We receive calls and decided together whether this child seems to be a good fit. I have watched my babies truly pay it forward. They inspire me, I have seen them love well, opening their hearts wide, grabbing the hands of those who need it.

Our story has some ache as well, my crew has a biological baby sister, who has come and gone from our home twice, she left our home for the second time this past June. Our hearts all ache for her and long for our family to be complete. Foster Care gets tricky, in order for us to have her, birth mom must fail, again. We have learned to always be waiting and ready for her return. We pray for protection and healing, wondering if this time rehab will stick for birth mom.

Over the two and half years I have been a mom, I have looked deeper in my heart, foster care and the reality that surrounds it. I have walked into courtrooms, therapy offices and DHS conference rooms, I have heard stories that make my stomach turn and break my heart, I have seen the faces of addicts, the brokenness of the system and it’s little victims as they cry. I have watched our baby come and go, the road has been long and at times it hurts but I can say in the last two years I have received an incredible gift, I have seen such beauty come from the ashes.

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So my friends, if in the depths of your soul, that little flicker of a dream is there, press in. Look deeper and take the practical steps towards making that dream a reality. Maybe it is one more step, one more word or one more plan but do it, take the step to do that one more thing. I have discovered that there is unexpected blessings on the journey.

You can follow our family story here.

XO,
Julianna and The Crew

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Kye Monthly Summary: September

This is about Kye's September!

I LOVE that Kye has so many themed days at school. Zach always jokes that it's super overkill but it's fun and usually pretty easy to fit each theme. They had homecoming spirit week this month and we did our best to dress up each day!

Day 1: Twin Day

We didn't know about the dressing up until Friday afternoon and they were supposed to dress up as twins on Monday. This was my only negative experience with dress up days. How in the world can a 2nd grader find a friend to be twins with without advance notice? It felt like something that could EASILY be clicky and leave kids out. Thankfully G-Mama saved the day with the idea to dress like a stuffed animal!


Old Man Day!



Character Day

Kye was ALL about some Mickey Mouse!


Britt wanted his autograph ;)


This was the best day. It was supposed to be Decade Day. As in like 60's or 80's or whatever...I asked Kye what decade he wanted to dress like and he said "Jesus's day." At first he wanted to dress up LIKE Jesus but we talked about how that might be a little inappropriate so we went with Moses instead. I was pretty proud of myself for putting this together (especially on the day that Zach rushed home from out of town to see the eye dr about his vision stuff)

Decade Day!



Of course, Spirit Day!


So fun that his fellow classmates and even teacher go all out!




The very next week was Cow Day. Which they didn't tell us about until the night prior. Skills for coming up with this on the fly!



I love that Kye's school is SO fun! He got to hold a baby kangaroo!!!


And his teacher makes learning fun too. I love this pic she shared with the class of them making moon phases with oreos!


This month Britt stayed late for school for Lunch Bunch and Tess and I surprised Kye for lunch at school. She was CRUNK about it!






He won some prize for this drawing. I'm not sure what or why the prize was given but you know me, I took a picture of it ;)


I LOVE seeing this happy boy get off the bus each day!



Sometimes we have friends meet us on the porch too ;)



Our rule from EARLY on in our parenting has been that we will NOT push our kids into sports. We have done several camps in the summers that our kids CHOOSE to do and we use those camps as an opportunity for them to explore sports/activities they are interested in. Honestly, I'm all about waiting as long as possible to start up sports. Ideally it'd be GREAT if all my kids could be old enough to be flexible with the crazy schedule a sports life brings. But Zach and I agreed as our kids expressed desire and true interest that we'd never stifle that.

Kye has entered the age where he WANTS to play sports and asks to play and understands the sacrifices they mean and thinks it's worth it. He loves both golf and tennis so I found a local tennis skills class that meets weekly and our golf club has a weekly kids lesson as well. We are alternating weeks (tennis one week, golf the other) and it's worked out well! The tennis is in the afternoons for an hour and it's at a local park so I just take the girls to the playground while he does his thing! 



Cheerleaders :)


Tennis is one of my personal favorite sports. IF I played a sport, tennis would be it. I LOVE the way the ball sounds hitting the court! It's so neat to me that Kye approached us out of nowhere with such an interest in tennis and I'm happy to see him enjoying it so much!


 Y'all know we're so proud of Kye with school and now sports too. But most of all we're proud of his desire to learn more about God and lead others to Him. Kye is SO honored to be asked to lead a team at our church in our Bible Reading Marathon. Kye takes it EXTREMELY seriously. He reads the given verses every night and reads additional verses from other tracks of the Marathon materials. It's been so inspiring to ME to see him so devoted to his readings, he's a great example to his whole family already and I know he's inspiring others as well! Go Team Alpha!



Kye made the decision this month to start transcribing some of the Bible. Rather than play with his sisters after church one Sunday he chose to sit and continue to copy verses!




More About Kye:
  • Kye has been reading a Devo for Boys at night and one night he came downstairs after reading it and told me he needed to confess something to me. It was something small and silly (he said he had "lied" to me when he told me he was smelling a air freshener thing I have and he had actually been touching it) but since then he has continued to confess things to me. Anything that might weight even slightly heavy on his heart he will talk to me about. It's really awesome!!! 
  • Zach was out of town on a Sunday night when we had split services. The women went to an area of the church and the men went to another. Kye joined the men and I heard from so many of them that he paid super good attention, took notes and that he even said a prayer request for our government, country and community. So proud!
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I adore this grown up, handsome BIG KID!








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Monday, November 28, 2016

3 Things You May Not Know About Car Seat Safety

Car seats are vital to keeping our children safe in the car. The tough things is that things are constantly changing...including our kids! Even people who strive to be "on top of" all things car seat safety can miss something along the way. It's important to be vigilant in keeping our children safe while riding in the car...from birth till adulthood let's do all we can to protect them!

I've written posts in the past about car seat safety but felt lead to write on this topic again because I've noticed a trend of three things that parents are often not being mindful of when it comes to car seats!

As a refresher be sure to read over this post on car seat safety and this one on car seat safety beyond age 2. 


Even with all the information I included in the posts above, here are three things you still may not know about car seat safety:

1. Do Not Add ANYTHING To Your Car Seat: I had a friend post on this recently and it's something that is very, very important. Yes. Baby stores sell TONS of cute little things you can put on your baby's or child's seat. Strap covers that are soft and cuddly. Cushions to give them extra comfort. Just because a store sells it does not make it safe. Adding things to your child's seat not only causes a safety concern but will actually void your manufacturers warranty with your car seat. So in the event that an accident does occur with the seat, the company won't be helping you out. This is an excellent post with more information about the importance of avoiding "extras" with your car seat!

2. Read and Re-Read Your Manual: Every single car seat on the market is unique in it's own way. Even different production years of the same model of car seat vary. It is VITAL to not only read through your seat's entire manual when you purchase the seat, but also to re-read through it on a regular basis. As your child grows, the seat has to change to still be safe for your child. I learned this with my first child, I never thought to check the car seat manual and at a couple months old I still had the newborn insert in the seat that was supposed to be removed by 11 pounds! It was a rookie mistake but one I've been mindful of not to make again. I constantly see pictures of kids on social media who are in the correct seat for their height/weight/age but they are not in it correctly. A top quality seat still can't protect your child if it's not being used the way it's meant to be used. Each seat has different specifications for the strap locations, headrest locations, tilt of seat, even how to latch the seat into the car. All of these things change as your child changes so it's imperative to stay current with it!  My son is 48" tall and his seat can only use the harness up until 50 inches. I am aware of this and know by his 8th birthday he'll probably need to convert to the high-back booster. It didn't surprise me to read this when I read over his manual last week...but what did surprise me was that at 50 lbs we have to use both the latch and the seat belt system to install the seat. He's right at 50 lbs so it's important that we make sure we have it installed correctly! Even the smallest things make a big difference in keeping your child safe.

3. Recognize The Importance of the Word AND: And is a much different word that Or. Many people look at car seat safety guidelines and replace the word AND for the word OR. Back when the recommendation for forward facing was 1 years old AND 20 lbs often people would say "oh I can turn my kid forward on their first birthday!" and never look at the rest of the recommendation. This happens often with car seats. I see all the time people saying "my child is two so they can forward face!" when in reality the rule of thumb is age 2 AND the max height/weight your seat allows. Same goes for graduating from a booster to a regular seat belt. Car seat safety is NOT about an age. I'm so happy to see things changing in the world of seat recommendations. Every child grows at a different rate and it's wonderful to see more of a use of weight/height recommendations than age. 

The goal when purchasing a seat should always be to keep the child in the safest possible position for as long as possible. Rear facing - buy a seat with a high weight/height limit. Forward facing - buy a seat that allows for a 5 point harness to be used for as long as possible (my son is 7 and still in a 5 point). Booster - buy one that has both a lap and shoulder belt then keep them in that booster as long as possible (most kids are between the ages of 10 - 12 when the graduate to a regular seat belt without booster use). This is an excellent post on booster seat safety and when it's appropriate to switch from the booster to a regular belt!

For people who are passionate about car seat safety, such as myself, we can be the ones that people whisper about. I'm sure Kye is among the very few kids still in a 5 point harness in the drop off line. Tess will be rear facing until kindergarten for sure and I'm pretty sure she'll be one of the only ones then as well (I'm sadly pretty sure she's one of the few still rear facing at a couple months older than 2). It's not about what everyone else is doing. It's about what is best. What keeps my children as safe as possible. When you know better, you should do better and I hope that sharing these things with others will help spread the knowledge about car seat safety! 

Friday, November 25, 2016

A Day in the Life of a U.K. {British!} Mummy

Since I started this blog in August 2008 I've always had links to fellow bloggers on my sidebar. I LOVE that my blog may encourage others to also blog and I have always liked that my readers can find new blogs to follow through the links on my blog. I had to recently remove those sidebar links and it makes me sad! I thought it was a good opportunity to start offering up more spots for some guest bloggers though...if you have a blog and would like to guest post here please email me at journeyofphood@gmail.com. If I have enough interest I thought I might make it a regular guest feature situation. It's a great way for the people who read my blog to find new blogs and a way for other bloggers to gain new readership :)

Today I'm super excited to be featuring a mommy blogger from the UK! I know we all love a good "day in the life" post and it's so neat to read about a day in the life from a mother who lives in another country! Meet Gemma:

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Hello Journey of Parenthood Readers!

My name is Gemma. I am a U.K Blogger, and Wife to Elliot since 2009, and Mummy to Izzie 6, Ollie nearly 4 and Mason 18 months. We also have an angel baby, Sophie who was sadly born sleeping in February 2012. 


Our Family

I blog at www.somewhereaftertherainbow.co.uk, and write mainly about our daily lives and adventures and also our experience of baby loss and life after. 
We live in a small country town called Malmesbury, in Wiltshire, which is in South West England - if any of you follow the British Royal Family, we are about 10 minutes away from Prince Charles’ country home ‘Highgrove'. We also have a crazy English Springer Spaniel called Harley, and a tabby cat called Louis. 



 
Where we live

Our lives are pretty hectic, as Izzie is in her third year at primary school, and Ollie is in his second and final year of preschool, which he attends 4 mornings a week. I am a stay at home mum so I spend most of my time looking after Mason and doing the school runs, along with blogging and housework. Before having the children I was a qualified Dental Nurse and Dental Radiographer. 

I have been following Emily’s blog since I came across her pregnancy announcement with Tess on Pinterest, and it fascinates me that although we both have three children, how different life is in the America to living in England - the weather is certainly a lot better for a start! With this in mind I ordered to write a day in the life of a mum in the U.K as I thought it may be interesting for you guys to compare - apologies if it is totally boring though!

This is a standard day for us…

6.45am - Wake up - I tend to set an alarm for 15 minutes earlier than I need to get up - just to give myself time to wake up properly. I then get up and get dressed and put makeup on for the day. It is very Autumnal here at the moment - very wet and grey and the temperature is hovering around 4 degrees, so there are a lot of jeans and jumpers, thick socks and boots being worn.

7.10am - I check Izzie and Ollie have woken up and started getting themselves dressed - I lay out their clothes at nighttime for them - both have a uniform/specific clothes for school and preschool so it means less debate over what they are wearing. I then go around picking up clothes and toys are sorting out my first load of washing for the day, and make sure all the beds are made.


School Uniform

7.30am - Ell has normally just come back from Harley’s first walk of the day, and is having breakfast - he has normally sorted the kids breakfast out - this time of year they have porridge with a bit of jam or honey, and milk - and if they are feeling hungry some fruit or toast. I am rubbish at eating breakfast - I use the time when they are eating and sat still to get some jobs done. Ollie’s packed lunch is made the evening before, and so I get this out of the fridge along with Izzie’s water bottle and afternoon snack (usually grapes). Her school provide a morning snack, and as she is currently in Year 2, all children in the U.K get free hot school lunches until from Reception to Year 2. On a Monday I make sure her lunch choices for the week are filled out - there is an online menu, and this goes into her book bag. During breakfast I also put on my first load of washing for the day and empty the dishwasher. I then make sure everyone's shoes, hats, gloves and coats are ready to go along with Ollie’s bag that contains a spare set of clothes for preschool. This is also the time I will prep tea if cooking it in the slow cooker (crockpot).

7.45am - Daddy leaves for work - he is a painter and decorator and works at a family firm with his dad and brothers - he usually works quite locally - within half an hour of home.

8.10am - Time for teeth brushing, Izzie’s hair to be done - usually in a french braid of some description - I’m not very good at it - and then I get Mason dressed and his nappy changed.

8.20am - Coats and shoes are on, and I load up the car with everyones bags and get the kids in ready with the aim to leave by 8.25am.

The School Run

8.40 - It is a 12 minute drive along country lanes to Ollie’s preschool - both Izzie and Ollie don’t go school or preschool in our town, as it was oversubscribed for Izzie’s year group. They both attend small village settings. I run Ollie in and he has to find his name which is on a leaf, which he then hangs on a (fake) tree in the room. After a kiss goodbye it is back in the car to drive 4 minutes back towards home to the village Izzie goes to school in.

8.50am - We park on the road outside Izzie’s school and its everyone out of the car - Mason into the pushchair or I carry him and let him walk a bit. We then walk Izzie into school, and make sure she hands everything in that she needs to - homework, spellings and her lunch choices for the week. Kisses goodbye and then I will have a quick chat with some mummy friends  - if its not raining, and back into the car and home. This morning it was throwing it down - I had to carry Izzie over an ankle deep puddle in the playground - it was all pretty crazy! I was soaked by the time we got back in the car.


(A VERY wet school run!)


9.10am - We arrive home and have a quick tidy around and hoover - I also stack the dishwasher from breakfast and make myself a coffee.

9.30am  - Mason’s nap time - he only has one nap a day, and always has an epic nap in the morning. He always settles straight away - he is still in a cot with a sleeping bag, although we have been putting it on back to front as he can now undo the zip. He will sleep until lunchtime.

9.30-midday - I use this time to catch up on housework, schedule blog posts, film and edit youtube videos. On a Friday I will order the weekly food shop online to be delivered on Saturday morning. I will also hang out washing if it is dry, or if not when the dryer has finished, will make sure it is folded and taken upstairs for putting away. Our house is tiny - house prices in the U.K and the amount of space you get for your money is very different to the U.S. For example we have three 
bedrooms, an upstairs bathroom and ensuite, a downstairs toilet, hallway, living room and a kitchen/dining room. Our washing machine lives in the kitchen - my dream is to one day have a house with a utility room. We also have a tiny tiny garden, although we are very close to fields and parks so we have plenty of outdoor space really. Where we live, a house around the size of ours is around £230k. One day we will hopefully move and get somewhere bigger but we are happy here and because the house was a new build in 2007, it costs very little heat and run. 



Our little house and garden

Midday - Mason wakes from his nap, and I make him and myself lunch - typically some sort of sandwiches, fruit and snacks with water. 

12.45 - it’s time to pick up Ollie from preschool - we do the 12 minute drive again to get there for 1pm. 

1.15pm - We arrive back home, and this the time we either go out and visit friends, go for a walk at our local arboretum (the kids love playing in the trees - we have a yearly membership pass) or we play with toys. Ollie loves things like the Fisher Price Little People, and the Vtech Toot Toot range, which Mason is also happy to play with. Our living room floor is generally covered with toys.

2.50pm - Its time to get ready to leave to pick up Izzie from school. We get there for 3pm and she comes out at 3.10pm. In the summer we normally visit the park for a bit, or go home and play outside, this time of year it is too cold and wet so we just go straight home.


Fun at the park
  
3.30pm - If we go straight home, we arrive back at around half past three. The boys then play a bit more, whilst I help Izzie with any homework. In a week she has a piece of topic homework to do and Mathletics (an online Maths learning system), a handwriting task, and daily reading and spelling practice. On a Thursday Izzie also attends Forest School - they have to wear waterproofs and wellies and they spend nearly an hour and a half outside learning about nature. They also do nature crafts and learn about U.K wildlife.



Homework Time


4.15pm - If I haven’t already prepped tea I will start this now. Izzie will go and play with the boys and they will have some t.v time or watch a film. I will also fold washing that has finished from the second load of washing.

4.45pm - Toy tidy up time ready for tea, and then toilet and hands washed ready to eat.

5pm - Daddy is home and tea is on the table. We eat things like Sausage Casserole, Fish and Chips (home cooked not from the shop), Pasta Bake and Veg, or sometimes a roast dinner - all with salad or veggies. Izzie is good eater now, she will eat most things I cook as will Mason. Ollie is going through a very fussy stage and so teatime can be very stressful at the moment.

5.30pm - Clear up from tea and more playtime for the kids. 

6pm - Bathtime - normally the boys bath together and then Izzie will have her own or will have a shower. Daddy is usually in charge of bathtime, unless it is a night when he is playing football (soccer) which he does on a Tuesday and a Saturday for a local village team. I use the time when the kids are in the bath to get jobs done such as sorting clothes for the next day, and putting away clean washing. 


Bathtime


6.30pm Bathtime is normally over by 6.30pm and the boys are put in bed - with a story if they aren't too tired. Ollie suffers with night terrors, since he was 2 and a half, and although they occur less frequently now, they are worse if bedtime is too hectic, so we try and keep it calm as best we can. 

7pm - Izzie ‘goes to bed’. She will normally play quietly in her room or look at books until we tell her it is time for lights out - normally at 7.30pm.
When everyone is in their rooms, myself and Ell go back downstairs  - sometimes I will put on another wash, and tidy round anything left out from the day.
Ell will normally give Harley another walk - at the moment Mason’s morning naps mean I can’t take him as much as I would like to, and I will normally light a candle, and turn on the fire. I will then catch up on any emails or blogging I need to do. I am also secretary for Izzie’s school PTA, so once a month I attend meetings for this, and take and type up the minutes. Ollie’s packed lunch will also be made ready for the morning. 


8pm - Shower and Hairwash time for me, and then into my pyjamas, and back downstairs - Ell sometimes spends this time doing invoices for work, so that by 8.30pm we can have sometime together to catch up on our day, and then watch some tv - our current favourites are Grey’s Anatomy, and The Middle. 


10.30pm - Bedtime for us. Our kids are amazing sleepers (bar the odd night terror from Ollie). It may be a fluke but they were all in a routine from a very young age - very similar to Babywise although it wasn’t intentional, it was just what I thought would work for us at the time. By bedtime I am normally asleep by the time my head hits the pillow  - being mum of three and keeping up with everything they need is exhausting, but the best job in the world. I'm very lucky to be able to stay at home with my kids.




Welly Walks  - how we spend our weekends!


Few Facts about living in the U.K/ differences to the USA:

At school and preschool, the kids attend for 6 weeks and then have a break - half terms are normally a week in October, February, and May and then they have two weeks off for Christmas, Easter and then 6 weeks off in the summer (end of July to September). Ollie started preschool when he was 2 years 8 months, and from the age of 3, every child is funded for 15 free hours a week of childcare - Ollie attends a preschool, which he will attend until he starts primary school.

Primary school starts the September when the child is 5 or before their 5th birthday. Where we live in the U.K Children usually attend a primary school for 7 years, and then another 5 years at secondary school. They can then choose to attend ‘sixth form’ for two years, a college, or find a job. After sixth form or college, they can then choose to get a job, or attend university.

As I mentioned before, for the first three years of Primary School all children are entitled to free hot school meals - after this it costs around £10.60 each a week for school meals or they can choose to have a packed lunch.

If we need a doctor appointment, our town has a doctors surgery - this is covered by the National Health Service (funded by tax payers). All NHS doctor and hospital appointments are covered, and prescriptions are also free for children under 18, pregnant women and people over 60. 


If there is anything else you would like to know, please leave a comment and I will answer where I can. Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have found this interesting….and huge thanks to Emily for having me - I hope you all have an amazing time at Disney!

Gemma x

Be sure to visit Gemma on her blog: www.somewhereaftertherainbow.co.uk
As well as on her social media outlets:
Instagram  - @somewhereaftertherainbow
Twitter - @sat_rainbow





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