We ensure that all children feel happy, safe, secure and comfortable in our care. We offer a minimum of three settling in sessions. The sessions commence before your child’s first full visit.
This session usually lasts about an hour and is attended by parents along with the child. During this session, parents will meet the senior practitioner of a room as well as being introduced to the “key person” who will have primary care for the child. There will be an opportunity to discuss your child’s care, routine, interests and development as well as any other questions you may have prior to them starting at the nursery. The child will be given the opportunity to play and explore the new environment within this session.
This session lasts an hour and is usually between the times of 9.30am to 10.30am or 2.00pm to 3.00pm. The reason for the timing is that the child will be given the opportunity to join in with room activities at times when the children in the nursery have free play which promotes the opportunity for the child to socialise and interact with the other children at the nursery. We encourage parents to leave the child during the session although if preferable, parents are welcome to stay but rather more “at a distance” from that on the first session visit.
This is a two-hour session usually between the times from 9.30am to 11.30am or 2.00pm to 4.00pm. This session gives the opportunity for your child to join us for story/song times, outdoor play and lunch or tea. This session enables us and parents to ensure that the child is settled, comfortable and happy.
Children will have lots of reassurance and encouragement during their visits from key persons and we recognise that this is a difficult time for parents who often do not want to leave a child for the first time.
We hope the sessions enable your child to form an attachment with their key person making the separation from their parent easier as well as reassuring parents and promoting confidence in the care we provide at Nyehome.
Parents are welcome to ring the nursery as often as they like and as felt appropriate to check on the child’s progress throughout any of the sessions.