HELPING CHILDREN TO SETTLE
We aim to ensure your child’s introduction to our setting is as stress free as possible. Once a place has been offered, we aim to achieve this by inviting you and your child to visit the nursery prior to your child’s official start date. This helps to familiarize your child with the nursery, the nursery staff, and the other children, and provides the opportunity to give your journey a trial run.
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 staff will take your child at the door and the nursey will have continuous communication with the parent or carer during the settle for reassurance and to answer any questions that may arise.
A couple of visits or more if necessary, will be arranged prior to your child starting to help your child adjust to the nursery setting. Allowing extra time on arrival, will help your child/children to adjust slowly to the new setting, the extra time to be reduced slowly.
Minimizing disruption to their home routines, taking into consideration those children already in the setting, will help new children settle in comfortably and will give them security. To encourage a smooth transition, simple, exciting, stimulation, fun activities will be provided.
A child who is tense or unhappy will not be able to play or learn properly, so it is important for parents/carers and staff to work together to help the child feel confident and secure in the group. This takes longer for some children and parents/carers should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle. You must be prepared to accept that it may take some time for your child to adjust to the nursery but very few children fail to settle eventually. Please remember, the more your child comes and experiences the activities on offer and sees you interacting with the staff, the more settled s/he will feel.
Policy reviewed Brittany V – 30/11/2020