The settling-in period is very important as starting Nursery is a huge step for all children, even if they’re used to being left or have attended a similar setting previously. We do our upmost to ensure this transition is as easy as possible for both children and their parents- taking the initial steps gradually and carefully seems to work best. Regular attendance helps children to settle into the routine of coming to Nursery and we encourage parents to make sure that unless their child is ill, that they bring them to every session.
With this in mind we are holding stay and play sessions before their start date. This will allow you to meet the staff your child will be working with and the other new children, they will also start to become familiar with the surroundings. The Nursery expects you to attend at least two sessions, the more opportunity your child has to visit the Nursery the easier it will be to leave them!
Once your start date is confirmed, the first and second sessions will be for one hour only. We expect parents/carers to stay with their child in the Nursery setting during this time. On the third session parents/carers may (if deemed appropriate by key person and parent) leave their child in Nursery for up to one hour, in some cases this may be shorter if a child is unsure about being left at Nursery. Following this hour, parents are expected to collect their child. If a child becomes upset and cannot be distracted or consoled, parents will be notified by phone. If a child has initially been upset when parents leave, we can ring parents later to let them know how their child is.