TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS NURSERY ADMISSIONS
We want your child to feel safe and happy in the absence of their parents, and to
recognise other adults as a source of authority, help and friendship and to be able to
share with their parents afterward their new learning experiences enjoyed in the
We also want parents to feel welcome and involved from the beginning.
So that we may achieve this, our aim is to build constructive relationships with
parents in the following ways:
- By creating opportunities for the exchange of information, using among other
resources a copy of the nursery’s prospectus.
- Settling in policy and procedures, class routine and an assessment of new
entrant form for the parents to fill in and return to us with their child, when
they start nursery.
- By encouraging parents to visit the nursery with their children during the
weeks before an admission is planned for a show around.
- By reassuring parents whose children seem to be taking a long time settling
into the nursery, bringing in new strategies in accordance with our
procedures quickly to help with settling in, when appropriate. A transitional
object can be brought in from home. Pictures of the day spent can be sent
home via the family App
- By giving parents a daily verbal report at the end of each session covering the
After the initial visit, the parent is encouraged to talk about coming to the Setting,
having a optiotional uniform and a peg where they can hang their coats and
belongings, will make them feel they have a place at the setting.
A photo of themselves on the wall above their coats will make them feel valued. And
encourage name recognition.
- Our normal procedure would be for you to stay for a short period until the child
becomes familiar with the surroundings, and then leave as quickly as possible. Due
to COVID 19 this is currently not possible however the nursey will have continuous
communication with the parent or carer during the settle.
- Staff will be ready to take over from you with reassurances that we would phone
you if we were unable to settle your child. The parent is encouraged to ring us in half
an hour to reassure them.
- Great efforts would be made to distract or interest the child in what is going on
and being close and supportive for as long as is needed.
- We understand that children need to share their feelings, so we need to explain
that it is alright to have a cry and it is alright to be sad. Leaving mummy or daddy is
extremely hard to start with, but they are coming back to pick them up.
- If your child continues to be distressed coming into nursery we will get together
and discuss the best way forward. It may be better for us to use the telephone rather
than talk in front of your child.
alternatively, 15 minutes later when all the children are settled.
- We may invite you to stay with your child for a longer period until they are familiar
with the surroundings, and then to leave quickly when all seems well. (COVID
- We may suggest you return to nursery earlier to collect your child and each day
extend the length of time.
- In some circumstances, perhaps a friend could drop your child to the setting so
that ‘goodbyes’ can be said in the privacy of your home.
Children cannot play or learn successfully if they are anxious and unhappy. Our
settling in procedures aim to help parents and children feel comfortable in the
nursery, and help to ensure that the child has the opportunity to benefit from their
time at nursery, confident in the knowledge that their parents will return to collect
them at the end of the session.
All staff will greet the children on arrival, so they are acknowledged and valued as
part of the team.
Each child will have an online learning journey (FAMLY)and all information on
progress will be written in as observation. Children have the freedom of the outside
and inside environment all sessions
Children are monitored and observed, and then planning and evaluation are
regularly done to inform us of the ‘next step’ in learning is achieved.
Children who need extra help, outside agencies are sought with the parents to
ensure children’s individual needs are met. (See the Additional needs policy)
Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance is used to assist planning and development
Reviewed by Brittany V – Manager – 24/11/2020