Settling in

We take great care to ensure that the transition from home to nursery is a smooth one as we appreciate how difficult this change can be for you and your child.  Therefore to ensure that your child settles into nursery we offer five one hour visits to encourage your child to grow in confidence within their new surroundings. Parents and carers are encouraged to stay for the full hour visit on the first day. We then encourage you to leave your child for longer periods when it appears they are becoming more settled. Our nursery is flexible, and will extend the settling in period if a child is not ready to settle during their first week.

We also hope to ease any anxiety felt by parents/carers by ensuring them we are happy to receive regular telephone calls and give updates of their progress. We understand that parents/carers are likely to feel upset at first at leaving their child in someone else’s care, therefore it is our policy to telephone and inform parents/carers  immediately if a child is very upset and discuss any concerns.

Parents/Carers are invited to settle their child(ren)  one week  before they start nursery and be accompanied by at least one parent/carer or relative.

Parents/carers are asked to arrange a time at their convenience between either 10.30 am and 11.30 am or between 4.00 pm and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday to settle their child in nursery.

 Please remember that in order for your child to settle well regular attendance is required.

Moving up within the nursery

When a child is ready to move from one group to another, a one week settling in period will take place whereby the child will be helped to ease into their new environment. A meeting will be set up with the new key person and parents/carers may be invited to have a tour around the new group. Key persons will complete a ‘transition’ form and share this with parents/carers, detailing settling in information and learning plans. Parents/carers will also be asked to complete an up-to-date immunisation form. The child’s personal file containing observations, assessments, samples of work, dietary needs and favourite books, hobbies/interests and toys will be passed onto the new key person. Key persons will ensure that a child will not be left in their new group until they are happy and comfortable to be there. The Manager will also move the child’s name onto the appropriate signing in/out register by reception.

Transition to schools or other settings

If a child moves onto another setting other than a school, parents/carers must again provide us with details of the new setting so that the same procedure can be followed. We advise parents/carers to pass on the Nursery’s details to the new school/ or setting so that they can contact us for any additional information they may need.

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