We want your child to feel safe, stimulated and happy in their nursery and to feel secure and comfortable with practitioners. We aim to be a welcoming environment where your child will settle quickly and easily. We do, however, understand that babies can take longer to settle in, as will children who have not been away from home before. Please trust us if we tell you that ‘when you have gone, they stop crying straight away’ and that if they become too distressed, we will contact you. We want to make your child’s transition to nursery as simple and stress-free as possible, for both you and your child, and we will work with you to ensure this happens. Firstly, we will encourage you, along with your child to visit the nursery for a show around, before any admission is planned. After the show around your child will be given an opportunity to attend a taster session, which lasts approximately 3 hours. This allows them to interact with our practitioners, socialise with the other children in our care and have a chance to explore their new surroundings.
When your child begins nursery, they will be allocated a specific practitioner as their key person. The role of the key person is to help settle your child in to their new room, making sure they feel safe, secure and reassured in their new environment. The Key Person will play a vital role observing your child at play, planning activities and documenting their learning and development and therefore we encourage you to share as much information as possible with them.
If it’s your baby that is joining us, you will be encouraged to bring in a muslin or soft toy that has been washed at home, so your child has a familiar smell to help them feel secure.