We offer a home visit before your child starts nursery as well as sessions for you to ‘stay and play’ with your child at the nursery before your child begins. We aim to make the move from home to nursery as easy as possible.
We need your help with this settling in process and ask you to set aside time to spend with us when your child is starting nursery. This is important for your child so that they have the opportunity to get to know and trust new adults and children, for you to see how the nursery works and to be familiar with the things that your child may talk about at home.
On the first day you will need to stay with your child in the nursery. This visit will be for one hour. Some children may find a whole session too long at first. When your child is ready, and it will differ from child to child, you can begin to leave your child and sit in the parent’s room. Your child’s time in nursery will gradually build up over a few days.
We feel it is important for parents/carers to always tell the child when they are leaving and to say goodbye. Never ‘disappear’ while your child is distracted. They are likely to be shocked and frightened and may lose their trust in you. Please try not to get anxious or impatient if the settling in period takes a while. Our experience has shown that it is important not to rush this stage. The longer you invest in this stage the better the settling in process is for both yourselves and your child. We understand parents and carers have to work and we will support you and your work pattern. At the end of the day we want the child and parents/carers to be happy and we are realistic about your work commitments.