We realise that whether you are coming to the nursery for the first time or transferring from another setting, it is a significant transition for you and your child, and one of that needs to be handled with care and sensitivity, this may be your first experience of nursery life and in many cases when your child starts with us, it may be the longest time you have been away from your child.
For that reason we have put together a structured and considered approach to settling both parents/carers and children into the routines of the nursery as well as providing us with opportunities to gather as much information about you and your child to ensure a successful start. Young children are very adaptable and quickly begin to enjoy their new surroundings and friends.
SETTLING-IN SESSIONS – There are three settling-in sessions for you and your child which usually take place two weeks before the start date. Settling sessions are normally two hours and more are available if required.
RE-ACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH THE NURSERY BEFORE STARTING – Especially if you booked many months in advance, we invite you to come and see the nursery again before the start date. Please feel free to bring a partner, friend or other relative.
BOOKING THE SETTLING-IN SESSIONS – About 4 weeks before the start date, as appropriate, we will contact you again to confirm with you the dates of the three settling-in sessions.
SETTLING YOUR CHILD – At the settling-in sessions you are welcome to stay with your child. You are also free to sit in the reception area or come into the office to watch your child on our CCTV system. Normally by the third settle we would ask that you leave your child with us so he / she gets used to you not being in the room.
CONTACTS AND SECURITY – We ask you to complete an child personal record form during your first settle for you and your child, telling us names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and also providing us with a signature and password. We would like to know all the key people who may be dropping off and collecting your child and the password comes in handy as an extra layer of security.
CARE PLAN – At the settling in sessions we will go through the completed care plan of details about your child which tell us about routines, sleep patterns, diet, allergies, previous nursery experience and everything we need to know to ensure we settle in your child as efficiently and comfortably as possible.
CONSENT FORMS – We will also ask you to complete consent forms for outings, sun cream, photographs and other matters where we need your authority beforehand.
STARTING AT NURSERY – We will review the settles and finalise the details for the actual start date after which, we look forward to welcoming you and your child into the nursery.