Settling in

Settling inWe know that starting nursery can be an anxious time for both children and parents, so we’ve thought of a few ways of helping your child to settle in. Here’s how we can make things easier for you and your child:

  • Settling-in visit
    You are very welcome to bring your child for a settling-in visit before term starts. You can leave them for just an hour or longer if your child is more confident, and there will be no charge for this. This can help you to judge whether or not your child will benefit from a staggered start at the beginning of term or attend their full booked sessions from the start.

  • Telling us about your child
    We ask you to fill in a form which will help us to understand about their likes and dislikes, who their family and friends are, what their favourite toy is etc. This helps us to settle your child into nursery.

  • Recorded messages for your child
    We have equipment for parents to record  encouraging messages for their child during the settling-in period. Please speak to a member of staff if you feel your child would benefit from this.

All children are different and it can be just as upsetting for the parents of the child who runs straight into nursery laughing without even saying goodbye, as it is for the parents whose child cries and clings to them. We are here to help, support and offer advice. If you are at all concerned about your child settling in, we don’t mind you phoning to ask how your child is and what they are doing.

What to bring to nursery:

  • Spare clothes: in case of accidents or being over-enthusiastic when painting or playing in the water. These can be left on your child’s peg.
  • Named drinks bottle with water only. This needs to be brought every day. We provide milk free to all children.
  • Lunch: In their own lunch bag with a cool pack inside. We are unable to reheat food due to food hygiene rules.
  • Coats and wellies – we go out in all weathers!
  • Named sunhat and sun cream in summer months.
  • Nappies, wipes, nappy sacks (if still needed).
  • Comforter: Although we ask parents not to let children bring their own toys in, we understand that a special teddy bear or blanket may be needed, especially at first.
  • Regular medication.
  • Indoor shoes that can be left in a bag on your child’s peg

What to do when you arrive at nursery:

On your child’s first day you will be greeted by a member of staff who can help you with the following things:

  • You will need to put the time of your child’s arrival in the register which is on the reception desk. Also at reception you will find lots of useful information.  P please feel free to browse.
  • Lunch bags go in the lunch trolley.
  • Coats go on your child’s named peg.
  • Help your child to find their own name in the Apple Basket so they can register themselves on the Apple Tree.

If you have any questions, please ask any member of staff, we are here to help!