Some children settle in very easily, others may take a bit longer! We understand that some parents may feel a little upset at leaving their child, which is perfectly natural. However, we pay close attention to the needs of the children and their parents to make the settling in process as smooth as possible. Although we encourage parents to engage with their child during the settling process, we ask that they liaise with staff regarding the amount of time spent in the room. Staff will ensure parents are kept fully updated on their child’s progress whilst they complete the necessary paperwork in the comfort of our reception area. We have 4 tried and testing settling in options over a week or two weeks, the details of which are in the table below.
In some cases children may find it difficult to settle according to the schedule timetabled below. In such cases, parents may be asked to settle their children for a smaller number of hours each day, over a longer period of time to ensure that they create a positive association with the setting, children and staff. This is more often the case in the under 2’s room, however we will work with all parents to cater for the individual needs of each child. We ask that parents plan to be flexible during the first few weeks of their child starting nursery.
There are a few things that should be brought in during the settling in period to make the whole process run smoothly.
To complete the contract (usually done on day 2 or 3 of settling), please bring in the following:
With dedicated spaces for all three age groups (under 2, 2-3s and 3-4s), the transition between each room is a carefully managed process and unique to each child. Children typically move up from the blue room the month following their second birthday, and normally with one or two other children of the same age.
The transition from the yellow to green room takes place the term following their third birthday, which means children may be aged anywhere between 36 and 40 months when they move. Children visit the new room accompanied and supported by their original key worker for a short session in order to get used to the new space, children and practioners. Over a period of a couple of weeks, the amount of time spent in the room increases, with the new keyworker taking over the care and responsibilities.
Parents are kept in the loop at all times, and will be told when their child is moving up and of course, be introduced to the new keyworker. Parents are also asked to provide their feedback on the transition once their children are settled in the new room.
Whilst separating the age groups is important to cater for their varying needs, we are proud to promote an inclusive environment. We achieve this by ensuring all children access the different parts of the nursery and integrate with different age groups as and when appropriate, supported by the teams of staff from the different rooms.
|1 WEEK/5 DAYS|
|2 WEEKS/10 DAYS|
|2 WEEKS/6 DAYS|
|2 WEEKS/6 DAYS|
|For children attending 3-5 mornings|
|For children attending 3-5 afternoons|