Settling In Pre Schooladmin
Each child is unique. We know that some will bound into the nursery from day one taking the change in their stride, whilst others will be more reserved and anxious. Parents are the same too!
We recognise that each child, parent, and nursery relationship is unique, and we use our experience to support everyone in making that transition into nursery life as smooth as possible.
Gradual steps – your first sessions
Your child will then be invited to 3 FREE settling in sessions within the nursery that will be organised as follows:
Session 1: We recommend the first settling in session is via a Teams video call. This will allow you to meet with your child’s key person and for us to learn about your child. We will complete an “all about me” booklet with you about your child’s interests, favourite toys, and allergies etc. The call will also allow your child to meet their key person in your child’s own environment enabling them to feel safe and secure.
Session 2: The second settling session will be for one hour. Upon arrival, your child’s key person will greet you, and toys of interest will be available for your child to come in and play with. Whilst your child is with us they can experience activities taking place and meet their peers. Due to Covid restrictions, parents will not be able to stay in the room with their child but will be able to stay on the premises.
Session 3: The third settling in session will be a two-hour visit. This visit can be in the morning or afternoon. It could be mid-morning enabling your child to experience having snack and lunch with us, or you may wish to choose mid-afternoon enabling your child to have a snack and afternoon tea and maybe a nap!
We advise settling in sessions to take place with a morning and afternoon session as this enables your child to experience all of the activities and mealtimes that go on throughout the day.
These sessions are free and flexible to suit. Usually booked in for the week before the start date keeping the experience fresh in your child’s mind, your key person will fill in a report each step of the way which will help us and yourselves to track your child’s settling in and plan future support and development.
Strong relationships – your Key Person
Our experience has shown that having a Key Person for your child is the most effective way of ensuring that children develop a strong relationship with a significant adult in the nursery, giving every child the reassurance to feel secure, familiar, and confident in the nursery environment.
At Woodford your child’s Key person will:
- Be assigned to your child on their first settling in session getting to know the child and family well in order to form strong relationships to support emotional needs.
- Be with your child at every settling in session in order to make the handover as smooth as possible, providing essential consistency for you and your child.
- Ensure they have all of the information about your child and share this with other staff so that your child’s individual needs are cared for throughout each and every day.
- Carry out assessments and plan for your child’s development ensuring they are always challenged and supported to reach their full potential.
- Prepare a report every 6 weeks to ensure you are kept up to date with all of the information about your child and their development.