Starting nursery school is a big step for most children and so a settling in process is really important. The time you spend helping your child to settle in will really benefit them in the long run – it will mean your child will be happier, more confident, be ready to learn and enjoy coming to nursery.
We make a home visit as an informal, friendly opportunity to introduce ourselves and get to know you. This first meeting is where the relationship and partnership begins.
We hold induction sessions for new parents, where we talk about the way we work and allow opportunities for questions and sharing information.
Children attend a one hour initially to allow time for key workers to talk to parents and for children to become familiar with the indoor and outdoor areas, the staff and the routine.
If all goes well, we invite the children to stay at nursery on their own for the next session, but we are very flexible. We acknowledge this separation can be as upsetting for parents as it is for children.
These are some of the ways you can help:
If your child has spent time away from you (e.g. with other members of the family or with a childminder, with a friend) – tell us how your child got on. Did she or he find anything difficult? What helped to comfort your child?
During settling-in, please try to be “available” to your child. Let them come back to you when they want to. Make sure your child knows where you are, and can come back to you easily.
Please make sure that your child knows you are leaving – if you “slip away” when your child is busy, then your child may look round, expect to see you, and be really upset that you are not there.
If your child gets upset or sad, don’t worry. What matters is that your child can be comforted by their key person and helped to settle. If your child sees that you are upset or anxious, then they will get upset too.
If your child can’t be comforted by your key person, then we will ask you to come back in. We do not want your child to have a bad experience and get really upset in nursery.
Thank you for your support. If you have any questions or worries then please talk to your child’s key person.
- Settling in to Nursery (1MB)