I normally try and get new girls to start at the beginning of a half term, and leave at the end of a half term so I don't have girls coming and going all the time. We also try to plan a quieter evening at the start of term so newbies can settle in and we have time to chat to parents. We had a girl due to start this week whose mum has asked to start next week instead due to Inset day and transportation problems Normally I would say OK, but this term we have so many outings and different meetings I just don't think it would be feasible both for her finding it overwhelming and for consent forms etc. I explained all this to mum and suggested waiting now till Sept but is now a bit upset that she will miss so many. Am I being a bit harsh, and should I try to bring her in sometime this term?